The weather has been so bad over the past week that I hardly took the camera out of the bag. Went back west on Saturday 24th to search for winter migrants and had a couple of eider at Kilcredaun Bay and a Jack Snipe, White-fronted and barnacle Geese and a few harriers in bog lands of West Clare. This Long-tailed Duck was riding the surf at the White Strand, Doonbeg. By the time we came across her it was nearly dark and the pleasant sunshine that we had earlier in the day had disappeared. Nevertheless I got a few distant shots as you can see below. We only get about 30 birds visiting the Clare Coast during winter , so it is always a pleasure to see these little sea ducks.
Adult female Long-tailed Duck at The White Strand, Doonbeg © John N Murphy