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

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Sunday, 22 December 2013

GREENISH WARBLER Phylloscopus trochiloides Cape Clear Island, Baltimore, Co.Cork, Ireland

 
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WHITE THROATED SPARROW Zonotrichia albicollis Cape Clear Island, Baltimore, Co. Cork, Ireland

 
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WHITE THROATED SPARROW Zonotrichia albicollis Cape Clear Island, Baltimore, Co. Cork, Ireland

 
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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

MEDITERRANEAN GULL (Adult) Larus melanocephalus Gormanston Beach, Gormanston, Co.Meath, Ireland

 
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Up to the early 1980's Mediterranean Gull was considered to be a rare/scarce migrant in Ireland. Due to the expanding European population, there has been a gradual increase in the numbers occurring. Wintering flocks of up to 50 individuals have now been recorded at a number of coastal locations in Ireland. The first Irish breeding record was in 1995 in County Antrim. The following year breeding was proved in County Wexford which remains the stronghold of the small Irish breeding population. The above colour ringed (Green 542) individual has a very interesting history as follows; ringed as a nestling at Les  Pas-de-Calais, France on 17/06/2008, observed at Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland on 15/10/2008, observed at Doelpolder Noord, Doel, Belguim on 12/06/2010, observed at Oostwold, Groningen, Netherlands on 08/07/2011, photographed at Gormanston, Co. Meath, Ireland on 03/08/2012, observed at Weymouth, Dorset, England on 26/11/13.               

Friday, 13 December 2013

IBERIAN AZURE WINGED MAGPIE Cyanopica cooki El Acebuche Visitor Centre, Cota Donana, Huelva, Spain

 
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EL ACEBUCHE (PICNIC AREA) Cota Donana, Almonte, Huelva, Spain

 
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EL ACEBUCHE VISITOR CENTRE Cota Donana, Almonte, Huelva, Spain

 
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Saturday, 30 November 2013

ROGERSTOWN ESTUARY (Outer Section) Rush, Co. Dublin. Ireland

 
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Rogerstown Estuary is situated just north of the Donabate-Portrane peninsula, and also south of Rush, on Ireland's east coast about 25km  north of Dublin.The estuary is made up of saltwater marshes, raised salt marsh, wet meadows and riverine shallows and creeks. It covers an area of 3.63 km2 (900 acres), and is divided by a causeway and bridge built in the 1840s to carry the main Dublin–Belfast railway line. It is internationally recognised as one of the most important east coast sites and is vital for wintering wildfowl and waders and birds on passage. Text © Wikipedia 

BLACK BELLIED (GREY) PLOVER Pluvialis squatarola Rogerstown Estuary, Rush, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

LITTLE EGRET (Egretta garzetta) Broadmeadow Estuary, Kilcrea, Swords, Fingal, Co.Dublin, Ireland

 
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The Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) is a small member of the heron family Ardeidae which includes Bitterns, Egrets and Herons. It is found in the temperate parts of Eurasia and Africa as well as Australia and New Zealand. Over the last 60 years or so this species has greatly expanded its range including recolonising its former breeding areas in Northern Europe, as well as Ireland. It first bred in the Caribbean in the mid 1990’s and is increasingly being recorded along the North American eastern seaboard.

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Sunday, 10 November 2013

EUROPEAN NIGHTJAR (Caprimulgus europaeus) Old Sanatorium, Sigri, Lesvos Island, Greece


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The European Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus), Eurasian Nightjar or Nightjar is a crepuscular and nocturnal species in the family Caprimulgidae which is in the genus Caprimulgus. It returns from its wintering areas in sub-Saharan during April and breeds across most of Europe, temperate Asia and north western Africa.
The preferred habitat is dry open country with some trees and small bushes, such as heath lands, forest clearings or newly planted woodland. It feeds on a wide variety of flying insects.
The return migration south to its winter quarters commences in late August.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_nightjar

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

EGYPTIAN LOCUST Anacridium aegyptumAchladeri Pinewoods, Lesvos Island, Greece

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BLACK WINGED STILT [Male] (Himantopus himantopus) Kalloni Salt Pans, Lesvos Island, Greece

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The Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) is one of three species of stilt, the others two are Black Stilt (Himantopus novaezelandiae) and Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus). It is resident in Africa and also breeds across the temperate parts of Europe and Central Asia where it is a summer resident that migrates south for the winter to sub Saharan Africa, the Indian sub-continent and South East Asia. Within the warmer parts of this range, there is a sedentary population.  
In addition, there are also four subspecies or races recognised, which some authorities consider to be full species, 
  • Hawaiian Stilt (Himantopus himantopus knudseni) is resident on the Hawaiian Islands. 
  •  Black-necked Stilt (H. h.  mexicanus) occurs in the southern part of North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and the northern part of South America, including the Galapagos Islands
  • White-backed Stilt (H. h.  melanurus) occurs in central and southern South America
  • White-headed Stilt (H. h.  leucocephalus) occurs in Australasia, the Java Peninsula and the Philippines. 
On Lesvos Island, Black-winged Stilt is a common spring and autumn passage migrant where it is also a local and scarce resident which breeds in small numbers.

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Friday, 1 November 2013

MELODIOUS WARBLER (Hippolais polyglotta) Los Barrios, Cádiz, Spain

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 The Melodious Warbler
(Hippolais polyglotta) is of the warbler family Acrocephalidae which is in the genus Hippolais. It is a common breeding summer resident in southwest Europe and northwest Africa. In Mid September, it migrates south to spend the winter in sub-Saharan Africa. In Ireland it's a rare but annual over shooting spring and autumn migrant to south coast headlands where it needs to be separated with care from the very similar Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina) which has noticeably longer primary projections being equal in length to the tertials. Melodious Warbler primary projections are half the length of its tertials.       
 
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Thursday, 31 October 2013

BLACK REDSTART (Phoenicurus ochruros) Cape Clear Island, Baltimore, Co.Cork, Ireland

 
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The Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros) is a small perching bird in the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae which is the genus Phoenicurus. It is a locally common resident in central and southern Europe and northern Africa. It also occurs in western and central Asia. In the warmer parts of its range it is sedentary. The northern populations migrate in the autumn to spend the winter in southern and western Europe, northern Africa and the Indian sub continent. 

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

ROCK DOVE (Columba livia) Cape Clear Island, Baltimore, Co.Cork, Ireland

 
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 The Rock Dove (Columba livia) is of the family Columbidae which is in the genus Columba.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

EURASIAN WIGEON (Male) Anas penelope Rogerstown Estuary, Rush, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 

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EURASIAN WIGEON (Male) Anas penelope Rogerstown Estuary, Rush, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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WHOOPER SWAN (Cygnus cygnus) Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords, Co.Dublin, Ireland

 
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 The Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) is of the family Anatidae which is in the genus Cygnus and is a winter visitor to northwestern Europe. Two other species of wild swan occurs in Ireland, Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) is a common resident and Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus) is a rare winter visitor.
 
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COMMON REDSTART (1st winter) Phoenicurus phoenicurus Cape Clear Island, Baltimore, Co.Cork, Ireland

 
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Thursday, 24 October 2013

EUROPEAN TURTLE DOVE (Streptopelia turtur) Ballyieragh South, Cape Clear Island, Baltimore, Co.Cork, Ireland

 
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The European Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) is a migratory member of the genus Columbidae, which includes doves and pigeons. It is a  summer breeding resident in Europe (including the Canary Islands), parts of the Middle East, as well as western Asia and north Africa. It is absent as a breeding species from Iceland, Ireland (formally bred) and most of Scandinavia but does occur in spring and autumn as an uncommon/rare overshooting migrant. Over much of its northern range, there has been a very sharp decline in its population. In the autumn, it migrates south to spend the winter in southern Africa.
 
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Sunday, 20 October 2013

EUROPEAN STONECHAT Saxicola rubicola ssp.hibernans Cape Clear Island, Baltimore, Co.Cork, Ireland

 
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WESTERN MARSH HARRIER (Circus aeruginosus) Ballyieragh South, Cape Clear Island; Baltimore, Co.Cork, Ireland

 
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WHINCHAT (Saxicola rubetra) Knockanacohig, Cape Clear Island, Baltimore, Co.Cork, Ireland

 

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Saturday, 19 October 2013

COMMON LINNET (Linaria cannabina) adult male in the middle and two juveniles, Ballyieragh South, Cape Clear Island, Baltimore, Co.Cork, Ireland


 
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The Linnet (Linaria cannabina) or Common Linnet is of the family Fringillidae which is in the genus Linaria.
 It derives its name from its fondness for the seeds of the flax plant which is used to make linen. This small finch occurs in Europe as well as Western Asia but is absent from northern latitudes and has a limited distribution in North West Africa and the Middle East. 

There are seven subspecies :
  • Linaria c. autochthona - occurs in Scotland     
  • L. c. cannabina - occurs in the rest of Britain, Ireland also northern Europe, eastwards to central Siberia. It is a partial migrant, wintering in north Africa and southwest Asia
  • L. c. bella - occurs in Middle East, eastwards to Mongolia and northwestern China
  • L. c. mediterranea - occurs on the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, Greece, northwest Africa and on the Mediterranean islands
  • L. c. guentheri - occurs on Madeira Island
  • L. c. meadewaldoi - occurs on the Western Canary Islands (El Hierro, La Gomera, La Palma, Tenerife and Gran Canaria)
  • L. c. harterti - occurs on the Eastern Canary Islands (Lanzarote and Fuerteventura)
Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_linnet

FIRECREST (Regulus ignicapilla) Cape Clear Island, Baltimore, Co.Cork, Ireland,

 
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Friday, 18 October 2013

YELLOW BROWED WARBLER (Phylloscopus inornatus) Ardgort, Cape Clear Island, Baltimore, Co.Cork, Ireland

 
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The Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) is one of smallest leaf warbler in the genus Phylloscopus. This insectivorous species is a summer breeding resident in the temperate regions of Asia. In the autumn, it migrates south to winter in the tropical regions of south east Asia. Small numbers also winter in western and southern Europe, as far south as the Canary Islands. In Ireland, it is a scarce or rare annual autumn passage migrant to coastal headlands and offshore islands.

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