Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Glossy Ibis

I have been working in South Kerry for the last few days.  While traveling home this evening with my colleague Jon Kearney, we came across this Glossy Ibis,  feeding in the surf at St. Finian's Bay, a small beach near the Skellig Chocolate Factory, on the coast road half way between Portmagee and Ballinskellig.  The light and weather conditions were fairly rough due to strong southerly gales.  It is my first time seeing Glossy Ibis feed on a seashore beach within a flock of Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls.  A strange sight for the south west of Ireland, (if only it was a White-faced Ibis, wouldn't that be good).

 Glossy Ibis in County Kerry © John N Murphy

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