Monday, 10 June 2013

Ballymacormick Bird Walk

Recently a Dutch couple asked me to take them birding so after having seen the Black Guillemots at Bangor pier we made our way to Ballymacormick point. The weather could not have been better and normally you can do the walk in 1 hour however they found it so interesting and beautiful that it took us three and a half very enjoyable hours. Over all we had 53 different species during the day however on this post I will show you only a few of the birds that we watched for some considerable time. This view below is part of the path.

 

Linnet
Wren
Meadow Pipit
Yellow Iris
Stonechat chick
The following photos below are all Stonechats.  Some are male and some female.  The last 3 are the female carrying nesting material.  I thought she looked like she had a moustache!














  We decided to have a rest and take in the beauty that surrounded us.  Below is a rock covered in  wild flowers.


Below is Ben and Henrietta enjoying the moment.



I will finish with a very short video of the Stonechat.  Apologies that I did not get the female in focus and I was unable to cut it out.



In a future post, I will continue my walk as I am going getting ready to take 12 people to Rathlin Island to see all the colony of seabirds.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you will pop in again.

13 comments:

  1. the video is marked private.

    love the shots of the stonechats! so handsome!

    if you ever want to see the other drawings i've given away, i have a tab on my blog called 'my giveaways'. thanks for your sweet comment and entry!

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  2. Hi Tex Thannk for alerting me that the video was prvate. I have it public now. I make them all in private especially when there are a lot of clips that I have to join together so that the short clips are not shown on youtube but the whole video. Sorry about that. Thanks for your comments and glad you liked the Stonechats. They are a beautiful bird especially when we were fortunate to see them quite close and for so long.

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  3. How do you get so close to so many birds, it must be your Irish lilt.

    peter

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  4. Margaret the video is still showing 'private' unfortunately. I loved this post; almost like I was along this beautiful walk and scenery with you. Beautiful bird photos; what a time you had picking up so many species in that time alone.

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  5. Beautiful pictures.I especially like the flower covered rock.

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    1. HI Ruth Thanks for your kind comment. Yes there were wonderful wildflowers all around the rocls and grass, so pretty. Margaret

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  6. Hi Carole I am so glad you enjoyed the birds on my walk. Sorry you could not see the video. I have chesked again and it is diffenately on public on youtube and 7 people have seen it there. But the code for youtube is http://youtu.be/OAZRbyCymI4 for that video should you have trouble seeing it on the blog. I am afraid it is only 11 seconds long but with seeing the beautuful Stonechat is lovely. Thanks for your comments. Margaret

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  7. Those Stonechat pictures are stunning Margaret.
    How on earth does that female see where she's going with all that grass in her beak?

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    1. Hi Keith Thanks for your comments. Yes I agree, she could not get any more in her bill. Margaret

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  8. Great set of pictures - I'd love to see any of these birds - I don't see them any more! I would have though an albatross on a boat would be a bit of a handful!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Hi Stewart Yes it was amazing the size of the albatross. perhaps in the winter when I have nothing else to show, I will put on some of the photos from my pelagic trip. Do you think that might be an good idea? I am off now to Rathlin adn taking 12 people there overnight. Weather not looking good for that - forecast lighting!!! Margaret

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  9. I just saw your blog post over at She Who Carries Camera and I popped over here to see your blog. Beautiful photos - especially that stone chat! Amazing!

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    1. Hi I am glad you found my blog and many thanks foryour comments. I hope you may pop in again sometime. Margaret

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