I was back in search of the White-winged Scoter at Rossbeigh, County Kerry again yesterday. This time we struck gold and got distant views of the bird about 3-400 meters out in the bay. We were lucky that the sea was calm and everyone who travelled to see the bird got respectable views throughout the day. This bird is a first Irish record and thought to be of the Siberian race Melanitta stejnegeri and not North American Melanitta deglandi as first predicted. While in the area we went to see the Spoonbill again and I got shots of this Little Egret in the same pool where the Spoonbill fed.
Little Egret coming into breeding plumage
Adult Spoonbill seen feeding with the Little Egret