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

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

BRENT GOOSE or PALE BELLIED BRENT GOOSE (Branta bernicla subspecies B. b. hrota) adult at Rogerstown Estuary, Rush, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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The Brent Goose (Branta bernicla) is of the family Anatidae which is in the genus Branta.

Monday, 27 January 2014

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

 
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The Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) is a medium sized sandpiper of the family Scolopacidae which is in the genus Tringa. The breeding range of this wader or shorebird 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 including Britain and Ireland.
 
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 Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) distribution map
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 Breeding           Passage           Non-breeding-winter           Vagrant  
 
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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

RED KITE (Milvus milvus) [Juvenile] Newbridge Demesne, Donabate, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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The Red Kite (Milvus milvus) is of the family Accipitridae which is in the genus Milvus. This Welsh born bird was part of a successful scheme to reintroduce this species to Ireland in July 2011.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

BLACK LEGGED KITTIWAKE (Rissa tridactyla) 1st winter plumage, Gormanston Beach, Gormanston, Co Meath, Ireland

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The Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) is of the gull family Laridae which is in the genus Rissa. The only other member of the genus Rissa  is the Red-legged Kittiwake (Rissa brevirostris) where less than 200,000 pairs breeds on the some of the Bering Sea Islands between Russia and Alaska,USA.
 
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BLACK LEGGED KITTIWAKE (Rissa tridactyla) Gormanston Beach, Gormanston, Co Meath, Ireland

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The Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) is of the gull family Laridae which is in the genus Rissa. The only other member of the genus Rissa  is the Red-legged Kittiwake (Rissa brevirostris) where less than 200,000 pairs breeds on the some of the Bering Sea Islands between Russia and Alaska,USA.
 
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Sunday, 5 January 2014

COMMON POCHARD Aythya ferina Broadmeadow Estuary, Malahide, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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EURASIAN SISKIN (Spinus spinus) female at Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords, Fingal, Dublin, Ireland

 
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 The Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus) is of the family Fringillidae which is in the genus Spinus.

Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus) distribution map

Breeding                   Resident                    Non breeding - winter
 
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Friday, 3 January 2014

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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MUTE SWAN (Cygnus olor) Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords,,Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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 The Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) is of the swan family Anatidae which is in the genus Cygnus. Two other species of wild swan, the Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) and the rare Bewick's Swan (Cygnus columbianus), are winter visitors to Ireland.
 
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Thursday, 2 January 2014

COMMON REDPOLL (Acanthis flammea subspecies A. f. caberet) Broadmeadow Estuary, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin, Ireland

 
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 The Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) or more simply known as a Redpoll is of the finch family Fringillidae which is in the genus Acanthis. 
 There are several subspecies recognised including the Lesser Redpoll (Acanthis flammea caberet) which is resident in Ireland and Britain. It also breeds in Central Europe and Southern Scandinavia where it is a partial migrant, which moves south and west to more temperate regions for the winter.

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PORT ORIEL HARBOUR Clogherhead, Co. Louth, Ireland

 
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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

MEDITERRANEAN GULL (Juvenile) Larus melanocephalus Port Oriel, Clogherhead, Co. Louth, 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 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. This juvenile is in moult to 1st winter plumage.