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Redshank

This Oystercatcher (on the left) and Redshank (on the right) are enjoying the sun as they feast on Barnacles from the rocks down at Boyces Bay. The Redshank is a common wader especially found in coastal estuaries.It can be identified by it’s bright red legs and feeds mostly on worms. The Redshank has been red-listed…

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Fossilised Sponge

Found this little guy last weekend as I walked on Loftus Bay. He is a fossilised Sponge approximately 340 million years old (Lower Carboniferous). Sponges are marine based animals and would have generally lived their lives attached to the seafloor. Feeding by filtering food particles out of the water through their bodies. When this guy…

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Geology of Booley Bay

Booley Bay is home to some of the most amazing geology on the hook peninsula. Pictured below are Late Cambrian (approx. 500 million years ago) turbidites consisting of sandstones and shales. These rocks would have been deposited in a marine environment at a time when Ireland would have been located close to the south pole…

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Six-spot Burnet Moth

Six-spot Burnet’s have been seen in the area and are very common throughout Europe. These day flying moths are strikingly coloured metallic black with crimson spots, just to remind you that they contain cyanide!! They can be found especially on hot, sunny days from June to August. This individual is feeding off nectar from Ragwort…

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Grey Heron

This hungry Heron appears completely unfazed down at Carnivan as angry waves close in. The Grey Heron is a native to Ireland and can be found in wetlands around the country. It feeds on fish, amphibians, small mammals, insects and reptiles. Grey Herons have a very diverse range and those in northerly parts have been…

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A Grey Squirrel in Tintern

A Grey squirrel cheekily looks down from its perch in the woods at Tintern. This rodent, which is almost twice the size and weight of its cousin the Red squirrel, was introduced into Ireland in 1911. It was at a wedding party in Castle Forbes, County Longford that this novelty ‘gift’ escaped into the wild…

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Booley Bay after storm Darwin

Here’s a classic example of before and after. The clean picture was taken last week but check out the other picture to see how Booley Bay looked back in March. No its not taken from the set of Terminator, this is how the storms combined with high tides left poor Booley not too long ago.…

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