I was displaying some of my artwork at the AGM of the Leinster branch of the Irish Deer Society this weekend.This meeting was held in Laragh, County Wicklow. It was quite interesting to learn about deer numbers and distribution countrywide as well as various issues concerning the branch such as poaching and conservation policies.
While on the east coast I decided to take a look at Bull Island which is near Clontarf in Dublin city. I drove out on a grey Saturday afternoon and was amazed at the wealth of birdlife which greeted me as I crossed the causeway. Teal, Shoveler, Pintail,Grey Plover and many more types of birds were often within fifty yards of the road. The great thing about the place is that these birds are quite used to humans and are generally quite relaxed.I got some lovely images of pintail at last! I didn’t even have to freeze in a hide,it was so easy I felt guilty!
I will be back as I hear that there are a couple of peregrines around the area. It would be great to get a couple of pics of these. Dublin city and county has many great bird sites and is so handy to get to,(better not let the Dubs hear us say that too loudly!)
Lovely photos, Padraig! We love the teal, pintail and shoveler.
Hi Jo, Glad you like the snaps, pity the light was so crappy,It was difficult to get any colour in anything. I would love to spend more time and try to get snaps of the pintail flying, they were occasionally crossing overhead from one side of the estuary to the other!How s Colin latest pic coming along? Take care, Padraig