Thursday, 23 October 2014

Random October 2014 pics

A collection of shots taken over the last two or three weeks mostly on Inishmore.

Common Sandpiper, Inishmore, 5th October 2014.

Rock Pipit, Inishmore, 7th October 2014.

Dunnock, Inishmore, 9th October 2014.

Dunnock, Inishmore, 9th October 2014.
 
Robin, Inishmore, 10th October 2014.

Robin, Inishmore, 10th October 2014.

Wren, Inishmore, 9th October 2014.

Wren, Inishmore, 9th October 2014.

Hooded Crow, Inishmore, 9th October 2014.

Hooded Crow mobbing Kestrel, Inishmore, 9th October 2014.

Hooded Crow mobbing Kestrel, Inishmore, 9th October 2014.

Hooded Crow mobbing Kestrel, Inishmore, 9th October 2014.

Hooded Crow mobbing Kestrel, Inishmore, 9th October 2014.

Hooded Crow mobbing Kestrel, Inishmore, 9th October 2014.

Grey looking juvenile Little Stint, Rusheen Bay, 12th October 2014 (no palmations seen in the field).

More typical bright juvenile Little Stint, Rusheen Bay, 12th October 2014.

Adult Kittiwake with what looks like a red seaweed of sorts, Barna, 18th October 2014.

First-winter Kittiwake with Sprat, Barna, 18th October 2014.
 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Pomarine, Arctic & Bonxie

A few more from last Saturday at Barna. Interesting to see the variation amongst just three sub-adult type Arctic and Pom Skuas photographed. Some with noticeable barring on the head, neck, breast, underparts and undertail coverts and some with white barring to the underwing.
Only the one Bonxie which had lovely warm uniform orange underparts and a dark head.


Pomarine Skua

Pom Skua, same as above.


Pomarine Skua same as above

Sub-adult Arctic Skua, first individual.
 
Sub-adult Arctic Skua, second individual.
Juvenile Bonxie
Juvenile Bonxie

Juvenile Bonxie

 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

AGP 21st October 2014

I found this juvenile American Golden Plover down on the  Aillebrack machair commonage today. It was associating with the usual flock of Eurasian Golden Plovers that move between here and Truska. There were about 160 present there today. There have been sixteen accepted county records to date, eight of which have turned up between these two close-by sites. Considering these sites have only been checked in the last decade or so it's fair to say this location has been and should remain the most regular spot for the species in the county. Both Inishbofin and Inishmore strangely have no records to date however.
A few shots of a first-winter Greenshank in a small pool by the edge of the adjacent golf course also, trying its best to look like a Nearctic mega but alas not to be!


















 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Adult Arctic Skuas

Some shots of adult type Arctic Skuas, mostly pale and just two dark birds from Barna on Saturday. The last two dark birds seem to have started moulting the inner primaries.



















Dark bird which seems to have dropped the two innermost primaries.

Same as above.

Same below.


Three new inner primaries.