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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