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, 16 April 2013

HEART FLOWERED TONGUE ORCHID Serapias cordigera El Rocio, Almonte, Huelva, Andalusia, Spain

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CETTI'S WARBLER Cettia cetti Laguna de Cano Salado, Parque Nacional de Doñana, El Rocio, Spain

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GARDEN WARBLER Sylvia borin Parque Nacional de Doñana, El Rocio, Huelva, Andalucía, Spain

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Monday, 15 April 2013

COMMON CHIFFCHAFF (Phylloscopus collybita subspecies P. c. collybita) The Kybe Pond, Skerries, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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 The Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) is of the family Phylloscopidae which is in the genus Phylloscopus.
This small insectivorous species of leaf warbler is a summer resident from mid March to October which breeds in the northern and temperate regions of Eurasia. In the autumn it migrates south to spend the winter in the Mediterranean Basin, sub Saharan Africa and southwestern Asia. Small numbers also overwinter in northwest Europe.  
There are several subspecies recognised including, Common Chiffchaff (P. c. collybita), Scandinavian Chiffchaff (P. c. abietinus) and Siberian Chiffchaff (P. c. tristis).  
 
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Saturday, 13 April 2013

BLACK TAILED GODWIT Limosa limosa Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland


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SHOREBIRDS (WADERS) (Charadriiformes) Seapoint, Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords, Co. Dublin, Ireland

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Shorebirds or waders from left to right, Greenshank (Tringa nebularia), Redshank (Tringa tetanus), Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) and Greenshank (Tringa nebularia).

CATTLE EGRET Bubulcus ibis

 
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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

EURASIAN CURLEW Numenius arquata North Bull Island, Nature Reserve, Raheny, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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In Ireland this species is a common winter visitor from Northern Europe. It is also a very scarce resident in upland areas which has seen a very sharp decline in the Irish breeding population over the last 40 years.

EURASIAN WHIMBREL Numenius phaeopus Belmullet Peninsula; Co.Mayo, Ireland

 
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 The Eurasian Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) is of the curlew family Scolopacidae which is in the genus Numenius.

Monday, 8 April 2013

EURASIAN BLACKCAP (Sylvia atricapilla) male in song, Howth Demesne, Howth, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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 The Eurasian Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) is of the family Sylviidae which is in the genus Sylvia.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

MALLARD (Anas platyrhynchos) duckling feeding on bread crumbs, Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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 The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) is dabbling duck of the family Anatidae which is in the genus Anas.

GLOSSY IBIS [Juveniles] (Plegadis falcinellus) Portmarnock, Fingal, Co.Dublin, Ireland,

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GLOSSY IBIS Plegadis falcinellus Portmarnock, Co. Dublin, Ireland

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EURASIAN BULLFINCH (Female) Pyrrhula pyrrhul Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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EURASIAN BULLFINCH (Male) Pyrrhula pyrrhul Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords, Co. Dublin, Ireland

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Thursday, 4 April 2013

Monday, 1 April 2013