Friday, February 3, 2017


I had to go to Limerick City this morning and got the chance to research for the three Goosanders near Shannon Banks on the Clare/Limerick border.  I eventually got views of the two eclipsed drakes and the one female.  It was hard to get shots but I managed a few record ones through the bankside vegetation.

 Goosanders at Shannon Banks & Corbally, Limerick City © John N Murphy

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Common Sandpiper

The Quay at Clarecastle on the Fergus river is a regular wintering ground for Common Sandpipers. Most winters there are two birds at this stretch of the river Fergus. I dropped in today on high tide and this bird was feeding along the grassy edge on top of the pier.
Common Sandpiper at Clarecastle Quay © John N Murphy

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cattle Egrets

While working in Cork early last week around the Carrigaline area, I managed to get a chance to look up the Cattle Egrets. They were feeding in fields midway between Carrigaline and Crosshaven. The nine birds were in fields well off the road with a small herd of cattle and were extremely wary. These shots were taken from a long distance away so the quality is not great. They are still a rare bird away from the south and east of the country.
 Cattle Egrets south Cork © John N Murphy

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Caspian Gull

Here are a series of additional shots of the Caspian Gull in Limerick City with the first winter Yellow-legged Gull and other Herring Gulls.
 Caspian Gull & friends © John N Murphy

Northern Gull in Limerick

This first-winter Northern Gull Larus argenteus argentatus was at Thomand Weir in Limerick today along with the second-winter Caspian Gull, the first-winter Yellow-legged Gull, two first-winter Iceland Gulls, one adult and one first-winter ring-billed Gulls and a variety of other gulls.

Northern Herring Gull Larus argenteus argentatus with adult Great Black-backed and first-winter Herring
 © John N Murphy

Ring-billed Gull Limerick

I was back in Limerick this morning gull watching and got some shots of the first-winter and adult birds on O'Callaghan's Strand and slipway.

First-winter and adult Ring-billed Gull © John N Murphy

Thursday, January 26, 2017


Snipe on high tide roost in Carrigaline Town, Cork on 25th January 2017.

 Snipe © John N Murphy