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

Saturday, 27 July 2013

BRAMBLING (Fringilla montifringilla) male June 2009, Neljän Tuulen Tupa, Kaamasentie 3831 - KaamanenInari, Inari, Finland

 
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The Brambling
(Fringilla montifringilla) is a member of the finch family Fringillidae which is in the genus Fringilla. It breeds in the northern birch and coniferous forests of Scandinavia and Russia. With the onset of colder weather, this migratory species moves south to winter in western and southern Europe, North Africa, the northern part of the Indian sub continent, China, and Japan. During migration, it regularly occurs in Alaska and as far south as the western United States.
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Monday, 22 July 2013

EUROPEAN ROBIN (Erithacus rubecula) juvenile, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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 The European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) is of the  family Muscicapidae which is in the genus Erithacus.

Friday, 19 July 2013

RUFF (Calidris pugnax) male in transition to summer plumage, Kalloni Salt Pans, Lesvos Island, Greece

 
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The Ruff (Calidris pugnax) is a medium sized shorebird or wader of the sandpiper family Scolopacidae which is in the genus Calidris.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

LESVOS BUSH CRICKET (Female) (Poecilimon mytelensis) Skala Kallonis, Lesvos Island, Greece

 
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The Lesvos Bush Cricket (Poecilimon mytelensis) is only found on the Greek island of Lesvos. It has a widespread distribution and is commonly encountered throughout the island.

Friday, 12 July 2013

EURASIAN TREE SPARROW (Passer montanus) Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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The Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) is of the family Passeridae which is in the genus Passer.

HOUSE SPARROW (Passer domesticus) female, Skerries Mills, Skerries, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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 The House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) is of the sparrow family Passeridae which is in the genus Passer.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

EUROPEAN WATER VOLE Arvicola amphibius Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, Fuente de Piedra, Málaga, Spain

 
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BROWN RAT Rattus norvegicus Cape Clear Island, Baltimore, Co.Cork, Ireland

 
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BALKAN POND TURTLE (Mauremys caspica subspecies M. c .rivulata ) Almyropotamos River, Polichnitos, Lesvos Island, Greece

 
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 The Balkan Pond Turtle (Mauremys caspica rivulata) or Western Caspian Turtle is of the family Geoemydidae which is in the genus Mauremys. It is native to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Syria and Turkey. This taxon is widely treated as a subspecies of Caspian Turtle (Mauremys caspica) but has most recently been considered a full species by some authorities.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

THE BAILEY, Howth Peninsula, Howth, Co.Dublin, Ireland

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WILLOW WARBLER (Phylloscopus trochilus) The Bailey, Howth, Fingal, Co Dublin, Ireland


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The Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) is of the family Phylloscopidae which is in the genus Phylloscopus. This insectivorous leaf warbler is a common and widespread summer resident from mid April to late September which breeds throughout the northern and temperate regions of Eurasia. It is strongly migratory, with almost all of the population wintering in sub-Saharan Africa. It is a bird of open woodlands with a preference for habitats that include birch, alder and willow trees as well as ground cover for nesting.
    
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WILLOW WARBLER (Phylloscopus trochilus) The Bailey, Howth, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland


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The Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) is of the family Phylloscopidae which is in the genus Phylloscopus. This insectivorous leaf warbler is a common and widespread summer resident from mid April to late September which breeds throughout the northern and temperate regions of Eurasia. It is strongly migratory, with almost all of the population wintering in sub-Saharan Africa. It is a bird of open woodlands with a preference for habitats that include birch, alder and willow trees as well as ground cover for nesting.
    
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WILLOW WARBLER (Phylloscopus trochilus) Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords, Fingal, Co Dublin, Ireland


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The Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus) is of the family Phylloscopidae which is in the genus Phylloscopus. This insectivorous leaf warbler is a common and widespread summer resident from mid April to late September which breeds throughout the northern and temperate regions of Eurasia. It is strongly migratory, with almost all of the population wintering in sub-Saharan Africa. It is a bird of open woodlands with a preference for habitats that include birch, alder and willow trees as well as ground cover for nesting.
    
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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

VIVIPAROUS LIZARD or COMMON LIZARD (Zootoca vivipara) Dluga Luka Boardwalk, Biebrza National Park, Goniądz, Poland

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The Viviparous Lizard (Zootoca vivipara) or Common Lizard is of the family Lacertidae which is in the genus Zootoca. This viviparous reptile gives birth to live young, which is an adaptation that enables it to breed in colder regions where it hibernates for the winter. In the warmer parts of its range, it is oviparous or egg laying like other species of lizards and is active year round.
 
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 Distribution map of Viviparous Lizard (Zootoca vivipara)

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