Hopee Bird Portugal-Upupa epops
A beautiful striking exotic bird and one I had been looking forward to seeing for last two years. It is about the size of a mistle thrush. It has a pinkish-brown body, striking black and white wings, a long black down curved bill, and a long pinkish-brown crest which it raises when excited. These exotic birds are only seen rarely in Ireland, but they do tend to turn up, usually in small numbers, almost every year. They breed across much of southern Europe and winter in Africa. With their pink bodies, black-and-white ‘zebra-striped’ wings and flamboyant crests, they are unlikely to be confused with any other bird.
It's that time of year...
Sunset Bay of Cannes
Hiking with a View
A man - Dublin, Ireland
Painted doors of Funchal 4
Some more painted doors from Madeira
Valencia - Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía - designed by Santiago Calatrava
Zitting cisicola - Portugal. Watching it's tail feather disappear.
Such a beautiful tiny bird (at just 10cm in length with a similar-sized wingspan) and can be really difficult to photograph. You hear their song but a little dot appears and they are gone, leaving you totally frustrated until you capture an image.
The male call is where the name ‘zitting’ is derived, as he marks out his territory and flies around it in a zigzag fashion, constantly repeating his single tone “zit-zit-zit-zit” song, with a “zit” at every change of zigzag undulation.
IMG_8814.JPG Jakett Island
Sunrise at Jakett Island Motueka New Zealand
Marahau, Abel Tasman Coastal Track, New Zealand
Palazzo Granafei - Olive Oil Mill Gallipoli w
An Ancient Olive mill carved out of carparo (limestone). In the sixteenth century Gallipoli was the centre of this prized industry and became very wealthy. They even had permanent residences of Viceconsoli of many foreign nations to ensure their supplies
Painted doors of Funchal 2
Part of the old town (Zona Velha) of Funchal - the “Zona Velha” (Old Town), has been transformed in recent years by the Painted Door project.
Photographer José Maria Zyberchema wanted to bring Rua Santa Maria, a run down historic street, back to life. He started the Painted Doors Project, encouraging local artists to paint the old doors in the street. There are now about 200 painted doors in Rua de Santa Maria and the surrounding streets. And the area is a tourist attraction in its own right, with restaurants and galleries.
Water Rail -Rallus aquaticus
A secretive and skulking species which is more often heard than seen, so as a Photographer you are waiting for ages and then it just appears.
Can sometimes be seen when it emerges from dense wetland vegetation briefly before disappearing again. A small bird with a rounded rear to its body, which is slender and laterally compressed in order to help it slip through dense vegetation such as reeds. Has a long bill which is red on the adult bird. Legs are long with very long toes which help spread its weight on wet ground. The upperparts are dark brown with black spotting. In the adult the body and 'face' are blue-grey, the flanks and belly are barred black and white and the under-tail coverts (which are easy to see on the cocked tail) are whitish. The juvenile bird is similar to the adult but is whitish underneath (not grey), has a pale bill and a stronger patterning on the head. Has short rounded wings and when flying into cover dangles its legs.
Wicklow Head, from Kilcoole beach
The two lighthouses on Wicklow Head emerge from the heat haze
People & their Pets
Sunset at Binn Bán, Dingle
Black Terns eat mostly small fish and insects. They feed by coursing slowly above marsh vegetation and open water, watching for prey, which they capture by swooping, then taking the prey in the bill. Black Terns don’t dive deeply into the water to capture prey the way other tern species do. They also capture flying insects, chasing after them in swift and erratic pursuit, much like a swallow or nighthawk. Their erratic pursuit and sudden flight change makes them a tricky bird to photograph but do not give up as it is worth the effort.
A different view
Playing with a lensball
Portrait session in Grenoble, France
Three chairs for Madeira!
Just back from a lovely 10 day holiday in Madeira. A beautiful country. Took this in Forte de São Tiago in Funchal, which was built in the 17th century to protect the city from pirates. They were just setting up for a private function.
Spoonbill Birds Portugal
A tall, white bird, the spoonbill is easily recognised by its long, black, spoon-shaped bill. During the breeding season, adults develop some yellow on their bill tip and breast along with a crest of white feathers. They are scarce in Ireland but have turned up in different parts of the Country.
People & their Pets
The benevolent fisherman
Portmagee Co. Kerry
Tra na mbad (beach of the boats), Waterford
A walk in the woods
At distance, Glossy Ibises look uniformly dark, but a close look in good light reveals stunning colors: deep maroon, emerald, bronze, and violet. This long-legged, long-billed bird forages in
flocks through wetlands and wet agricultural fields, searching for insects, small fish, and seeds.
The birds are somewhat nomadic, dispersing widely after the nesting season—a tendency that has aided the species in the past 100 years as it has expanded its range from the southeastern U.S. to include much of eastern North America.
‘Glossy’ is an apt name for a creature whose plumage colour changes with the angle of the light; the dark brown iridescent feathers can reflect a purple bluish or greenish ‘gloss’.The glossy, the most adventurous of the world’s two dozen ibis species, has a nomadic streak; it has established breeding colonies in India, southeast Asia and Australia.
Birds breeding in Europe move to Africa in the Autumn but recently-fledged youngsters may disperse in other directions, travelling as far north as Iceland and Norway.
Ibises crossed the Atlantic in the 19th century and began nesting in central and north America.
Like elephant’s trunks, the bills of curlews and ibises are touch-sensitive but, despite appearances, the two species are not related. The curlew is a sandpiper, a wader, while the ibis’s closest kin are herons, spoonbills and storks.
Tre Cime Sunset
you can never have enough cake
I hope I haven’t missed the train home! Oh dear!
La Napoule Lighthouse at Dawn
Cross the bridge - Dublin, Ireland
Glendalough viewpoint - Wicklow Mountains National Park - Ireland
Loggia, James Simon Gallery, Berlin
Moon over Sassolungo
Green-Veined White Butterfly
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St Michael’s Church, Dun Laoghaire
The bold structure, best appreciated on a sunny day, is a modern example of the daring gothic or renaissance churches where light and colour pierce the interiors.
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Black tern feeding chick in Portugal
The Black tern is a small graceful member of the family of terns. During the breeding season it is unmistakable, when it displays its distinctive dark plumage after which it is named. Males and females have a similar appearance, with the female being slightly grayer. Except in the breeding season,
Black terns are pale gray on top and white on the underside, with a dark patch on their breast.
Their head is white with a dark central crown which joins the black patch behind their eye.
In front of their eye there is a dark spot as well.
During migration they gather in large flocks. Their flight is erratic and buoyant. They are often seen hovering above marshes. They hunt while they are flying, either dipping down to the ground or the water’s surface to pick up food, or chasing insects in the air. Only rarely do they dive into the water to catch prey.
There fast and erratic flight would make you almost give up in despair as a photographer trying to follow their erratic dive but worth it when you get the shot. During recent decades, black tern populations have decreased in size in many areas, due to the loss of marsh habitat.
*The Grand Canal* - Dublin
Centro Botin Santander
Nun in a hurry
Spoonbill Bird in Flight- Portugal
Distinctive, large white wading bird with a spatula for a bill. Adult has short crest, yellowish breast patch.
First year has paler bill, with fine black wingtips visible in flight. Sleeping birds have horizontal posture and bulging neck, vs. more vertical stance of egrets.
Found in wetlands with shallow water (including tidal flats), where feeds by sweeping its bill side-to-side for crustaceans and small fish.
May be confused with egrets when sleeping, but note stockier, more thickset overall appearance.
September Pier Moonrise
Last nights full moon rising over DunLaoghaire Pier shot from Booterstown strand
Ireland In Images
Ireland In Images
Relaxing sunset landscape - Clontarf, Ireland
Full Sturgeon Moon
Black-headed Weaver, Portugal
Dawn at Whiterock
Swallow at Sunrise
Derreen Garden, Beara Peninsula
Subtropical Garden on Kenmare Bay
From the rooftops of Grenoble, France
Slea head, Dingle
Red Boat at Crosshaven
Beyond a solitary wind turbine, fires sweep across the Comeragh mountains
Smartphone Abstract Featuring Human Hair
Human hair in macro using camer+2 app with Apple 11
1 Person in Dalkey Island, Ireland
"A Summer's Day At Powerscourt"
My entry to the camera club smartphone photo competition. I'd spotted the temporary structure as making a good natural frame, and after standing there for a while and taking a few shots of people strolling past, this one stood out with the guy running to catch the Luas.
'Tall Ship at sunset'
Dun Laoghaire Panorama Offshoot Outing
Dun Laoghaire Panorama Offshoot Outing
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Champ de Mars from the Eiffel Tower.
St Helena’s Church, Nire Valley
Sunrise In Galway
Walking Man II, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, located in IM Pei’s relentlessly geometric East Wing.
Macaques sheltering together in the rain at Dublin zoo.
Rower, Otter, Heron, all going about their business
Skibbereen Rowing Club member training along the Ilen River. The club’s haul of Olympic, World, and European titles and medals continues to grow.
Sunrise Dalkey Island-1
Poulanass Waterfall - Glendalough, Ireland (on Explore! September 3, 2022)
Wicklow Mountains National Park - Ireland
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Sunrise Dillon Park
Sunrise Dalkey Island-2
Dragonfly- The Netherlands
I think it may be a Yellow- Winged Darter
Thursday night is Session night. Minihan’s Bar, Lisheen Upper, West Cork
Great Spotted Woodpecker