Look out for: oil beetles

A recent post to the Ireland’s Wildlife page on Facebook (you can like it here… if you don’t already 🙂 ) reminded me of an encounter I had with what has to be one of our most curious looking groups of insects. It was back in April 2008, when my family and I were spending […]

IWDG humpback research charter opened to non-members

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has opened up a research charter scheduled for tomorrow morning to non-members. The formerly “members only” research trip is hoping to find and photograph the humpback whale confirmed in the area yesterday afternoon, and is scheduled to leave Reen Pier, Union Hall, West Cork at 9am sharp… details […]

Waxwing invasion of Ireland continues

The influx of waxwings continues, with reports of these striking birds coming in from all over the country. I finally managed to hook up with a small flock in Clonakilty, County Cork over the weekend… and what a lovely lot they were too. Here are a few photographs. The waxwing irruption seems to have been […]

IWT Irish Wildlife Photography Awards Calendar out now

The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has launched an Irish Wildlife Calendar featuring shortlisted entries for this year’s Irish Wildlife Photography Award. The overall winner of the award will be announced in December… but the Irish Wildlife Photography Award Calendar is available now from the IWT for just €10. It will make a great stocking filler for the […]

Incredible photograph of blue whales in Irish waters

Two blue whales cruise the waters 80-100 nautical miles off Ireland’s south coast The Irish Air Corps captured some phenomenal images last week when they encountered fin whales and two incredibly rare blue whales in Irish waters near the continental shelf edge about 80-100 nautical miles off Ireland’s south coast. The Irish Whale and Dolphin […]

Red Admirals Everywhere

The last few sunny days has seen a veritable irruption of freshly emerged Red Admirals (Vanessa atalanta) in the garden. Some of them still had “crinkly” edges to their wings, where they hadn’t pumped up / dried out properly yet. This particularly fine specimen posed for photos. Absolutely stunning butterflies.

A stroll along the strand

An evening walk on the beach is one of the real high points of Autumn. In this part of West Cork we’re spoilt for choice with some stunning beaches within striking distance of the house… but more often than not we pick Long Strand at Castlefreke near Clonakilty for an evening stroll along the strand. […]

Featured Photo: Crab Spider, Boora Parklands, Co. Offaly

This stunning macro photo of a crab spider at Boora Parklands, Co. Offaly was posted to the Ireland’s Wildlife Flickr Group by Michael Carroll. It’s an amazing shot of an animal that I have yet to see in Ireland… not for want of trying. Not jealous at all. Well, maybe… just a little bit!   […]

Featured Photo: Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)

Browsing through the Ireland’s Wildlife photography group on Flickr recently I thought it would be a great idea to share some of the fantastic photographs of Irish wildlife that are being posted there on this wildlife blog. So let’s kick off with this stunning portrait of one of my favourite summer migrants, the Spotted Flycatcher, […]

Sparrowhawk: the “Ronseal” of Irish birds!

Living and working in the country is often quite tranquil, but this morning the calm was shattered when this male sparrowhawk dropped in for an impromptu visit. Suddenly the background harmony of birdsong was replaced by a cacophony of anxious alarm calls as blackbirds, swallows, house sparrows, chaffinches and tits all screamed their warnings. Trouble […]

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