Bird, bug, butterfly and a wild variety of photos from Belarus, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland and Spain by Irish wildlife photographer Patrick J. O'Keeffe and invited guests

Sunday, 16 December 2012

SNOW BUNTING (1st winter male) (Plectrophenax nivalis) Balcarrick, Donabate, Fingal, Co Dublin, Ireland

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The Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) is an uncommon/local winter visitor to Ireland. From October to March, it is found singularly or more commonly in small flocks at coastal locations. It is  circumpolar and breed in mountainous areas north of 60°N. The first winter male depicted above was easily approached, as is typical of this species. At times it could be difficult to locate as its cryptic colouration helped it blend into the background.