Ireland 2012

In early April Tricia and I spent ten days in Ireland on vacation and did a lot of birding while we were there. Here are some photos:

A Shag and a Herring Gull take it all in. Inoshbofin, Ireland
European Oyster Catchers, Cleggan Ireland.
Northern Gannet – from the ferry between Cleggan and Inishbofin
Whimbrel, Westport Quay, Ireland.

Photo by Tricia. Gray Heron outside of Westport, Ireland.

Photo by Tricia. Gray Heron outside of Westport, Ireland.
Atlantic Puffin, Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.
Razorbill, Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.
Cliffs of Moher
More Atlantic Puffins.


Blue Tit, Cleggan, Ireland.


7 thoughts on “Ireland 2012”

  1. Great photos! I’ve seen all these birds in the wild, but never had the equipment to capture them. Know how difficult it is to get a shot of those elusive seabirds.
    Love that barred owl, too.

    1. I wish I could go for those seabird again now! I had just gotten my lens the week we went to Ireland and really I didn’t know what I was doing. I missed so many good shots! Live and learn, I suppose. Glad you like the photos. Matt

  2. It’s not easy No one said it was. Just keep trying – get out everyday if you can Your getting the shots – I see them in your work – the ones that got away this time will not the next time

    1. I totally agree, Renee – it’s all about getting out as often as possible. We did a trip to Maine over the summer and I think I did a little better with the sea birds, under worse conditions. Step by step. Matt

  3. Loved your Ireland photos but make note of the Oystercatcher photo. They are EUROPEAN Oystercatchers. The white that runs up the back from the rump seperates them from the American Oystercatcher. Just an info message for you.

    1. Thanks Ken, I am pretty sure I did not note the difference when I saw those birds. It was good to look back at those photos, it had been a while. Time flies, this spring will be three years since our trip to Ireland. Matt

  4. Wonderful collection, Matt – one of these days I will make it to the “motherland”, especially now that I know they have Atl Puffins and Blue Tits .

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