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

Monday, 30 September 2013

BAR TAILED GODWIT Limosa lapponica

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BLACK TAILED GODWIT (Limosa limosa ssp. islandica) Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland


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    The Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) is a large shorebird or wader of the family Scolopacidae which is in the genus Limosa. There are three subspecies recognised, Icelandic, European and Asian Black-tailed Godwit. The breeding range extends from Iceland through Northern Europe and central Asia. They winter in southwest Europe, (including Britain and Ireland), West Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and parts of Australia.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

RUFF (Calidris pugnax) Juvenile male, Big Marsh, Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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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.

RUFF (Calidris pugnax) Juvenile female, Big Marsh, Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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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.

RUFF (Calidris pugnax) two juveniles, larger male on left with female, Big Marsh, Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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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.

RUFF (Calidris pugnax) adult in winter plumage, Big Marsh, Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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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.

RUFF (Calidris pugnax) adult male in winter plumage, Big Marsh, Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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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.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

RUDDY TURNSTONE (Arenaria interpres) x 2 and COMMON REDSHANK (Tringa totanus) scavenging on a fish carcass, Loughshinny Harbour, Loughshinny, Co.Dublin, Ireland

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The Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) is of the family Scolopacidae  which is in the genus Arenaria.
The Common Redshank (Tringa totanus) is of the family Scolopacidae  which is in the genus Tringa.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

BLACK BELLIED (GREY) PLOVER (Juvenile plumage) Pluvialis squatarola Broadmeadow Estuary, Corballis, Fingal, Donabate, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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Juvenile Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) also known as Grey Plover in Europe at the high tide roost on the outer part of the Broadmeadow Estuary.

COMMON GREENSHANK (Tringa nebularia) Broadmeadow Estuary, Corballis, Donabate, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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The Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) is a wader or shorebird of the family Scolopacidae which is in the genus Tringa. The breeding range extends from northern Scotland eastwards across northern Europe and Asia. This migratory species winters in sub Saharan Africa, the Indian subcontinent and Australasia. In addition, small numbers overwinter along the coasts of northwest Africa and northwest Europe.
 
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COMMON REDSHANK (1st winter) (Tringa totanus) Rogerstown Estuary, Rush, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

BLACK DARTER DRAGONFLY or BLACK MEADOWHAWK DRAGONFLY (Sympetrum danae) female Abbeyleix Bog (Killamuck Bog), Co. Laois, Ireland

 
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The Black Darter Dragonfly (Sympetrum danae) is of the family Libellulidae which is in the genus Sympetrum. It occurs in northern Eurasia as well as parts of North America where it is know as Black Meadowhawk Dragonfly. The flight season is from July to September.
 
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BLACK DARTER DRAGONFLY or BLACK MEADOWHAWK DRAGONFLY (Sympetrum danae) male Abbeyleix Bog, (Killamuck Bog), Co. Laois, Ireland

 
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The Black Darter Dragonfly (Sympetrum danae) is of the family Libellulidae which is in the genus Sympetrum. It occurs in northern Eurasia as well as parts of North America where it is know as Black Meadowhawk Dragonfly. The flight season is from July to September.
 
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Sunday, 1 September 2013

LITTLE STINT (Juvenile) (Calidris minuta) Gormanston Beach, Gormanston, Co Meath, Ireland

 
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In Ireland, the Little Stint (Calidris minuta) is a uncommon spring and a scarce autumn  passage migrant  which breeds in the Arctic and winters in sub Saharan Africa

SANDERLING (Juvenile) (Calidris alba) Gormanston Beach, Gormanston, Co. Meath, Ireland

 
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In Ireland, Sanderling (Calidris alba) is mainly winter visitor to coastal beaches which breeds in the Arctic. It is also a spring and autumn passage migrant.