Friday, 15 November 2013

Birding at Barmouth

About 3 weeks ago our Bangor group of the RSPB journeyed to the Barmouth, Co Antrim to see what birds we could find.  The main birds of the day was the Whooper Swans which had just arrived and although I have post a few photos of them in this post today, (hopefuly if my computer behaves itself) I will be post my Saturdays post on that bird alone and I have stills and video of them.


These were some cattle we passed on the way.


We made our way to a hide however there were quite a number of people in it and so we left, however not before I saw, Curlew, Lapwing and Godwits over  on the far shore.  We made our way to this spot  and just out of sight on the right (you will see it on the video tomorrow) is the sea and what is called the Barmouth.


This is the view the other way and our group setting up their telescopes.  The only birds here were a lot of Cormorants sitting on a pier down the other end (again you will see that tomorrow).




Whooper Swan and Hooded Crows


Whooper Swans and 4 Pink footed Geese and 1 Greylag


Whooper Swans, note a young one to left back, Greylag and Pink footed Geese.


Whopper Swans


Golden Plover and curlew at the back.


Golden Plover


There were about 100 of Golden Plover.


A Peregrine in the field, very far away!

I also saw a Barn Owl and 2 Greenshank and some small birds.

I hope you enjoyed some of the birds we saw on that outing however I hope you will look in tomorrow as the main bird, the Whooper Swan will be featured then.

Thank you for visiting.

My computer is still playing up so thanks for all your comments. I am not able to get into your blogs at present except from my mini IPad and I find it too small to do a lot of work on.  I love reading each and every one.  Until tomorrow, have a lovely day/evening.

38 comments:

  1. A good catch, always on top of the birds. My fave are the Golden Plover, I've never seen one.

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    1. Hi Bob. Oh Dear! Am surprised you have not seen one, hope you will soon. they Re a wonderful Golden colour if standing in the sun. he other day about 5 miles from home, I sae about 500 of them sand when the tide was out. thanks for comment.

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  2. Beautiful these different birds, fun to do this with a group of photographers.
    Very well photographed, Margaret.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Hi Irma We are more birders than photographers but I M glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for comment.

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  3. hi EC. Yes I enjoyed it. thanks for comment.

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  4. Wow! great variety of birds.

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  5. Hi Rajesh. Glad you liked the birds and thanks for comment.

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  6. Looks another wonderful place to go birding Margaret - lovely images and I look forward to your follow-up post :)

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    1. Hi RR. Yes it was a good place to bird. Glad you liked the images and I am just hoping that I will beagle to post tomorrow as my computer won,t even let me into my OWN blog let alone everyone else's!! I am working on my mini IPad but there is a limit what I can do and it is it so small to type. Really I am typing blind!!!!! Thanks for comments.

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  7. Gee, you're back to Hooked Crows again instead of Hooded Crows.

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    1. Hi Dave. Many thanks for letting me know, I can,t promise it will be the last time, so keep watching. As I am working on my MINI Ipad, and I cannot get into my blog to change it!!!! My computer is misbehaving. This is so frustrating!!

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  8. this was fun, look forward to your video tomorrow. I wonder if the Golden Plover flies south, do you think he'd fly this way, I do not think I've ever seen a GP? Thanks for the heads up yesterday ;-).

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  9. Hi Lynn Glad you liked this post. Now this is what I found out to answer your question. BREEDS: N Europe to c Siberia, WINTERS: w Europe to Mediterranean & Persian Gulf Now for France in paticular, look up this web site and you will find your answer. Hope this helps and keep looking for them! Have a geat weekend.
    http://www.bto.org/survey/complete/wplover/wsgplover_rpt.pdf

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  10. You have the most fun excursions, Margaret! Thank you so much for letting us enjoy them through your lens and words. =) blessings ~ tanna

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    1. HI Tanna Sorry, reply is down below here.

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  11. the cattle made me smile. :) the whoopers are beauties.

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    1. HI Tex Glad you liked the cows and Whoopers adn thanks for comment.

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  12. Your pictures are always beautiful and I look forward to reading and seeing pictures of the Whooper Swan. That is a species of swan that we don't have here so it is a new experience for me. I have been involved with the reintroduction of the Whooping Cranes in Wisconsin ... I wonder how they came up with their similar names. Nice post, Margaret ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. HI Andrea Do you Cranes make a whooping noise? Perhaps that is why they are called that!Just a thought. Many thanks for your comments and I am glad you enjoyed the post adn I thinkyou will learn quite a bit from tomorrow's post.

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  13. You had a beautiful setting for your birding, and you saw quite a few varieties. It looks like it was a very successful outing.

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    1. HI George

      Yes I was successful adn I enjoyed it. Many thanks for your comment.

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  14. This looks like a very picturesque place, with lots of your feathered friends to view. :)

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    1. HI Linda Whereever we go, there is beauty. I am glad you enjoyed the post and thanks for comment.

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  15. HI Tanna It is a pleasure to share my birding trips with you and other bloggers and thanks you for visiting and leaving a comment.

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  16. I love to see the birds you get over there Margaret. Lovely shots and the cows were very cute too.

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    1. HI Denise Yes through blogger everyone can see different birds from all over the world which is wonderful adn also see what other places are like. I love that aspect of blogger. Glad you liked theimages and cows and thanks for comment.

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  17. I enjoyed seeing the Whoopers and I really love seeing your beautiful countryside!

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    1. HI Cheryl Iam glad you liked the Whooper and countryside. Many thanks for your comment.

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  18. Margaret, you sure live in a wonderful area for birdwatching. Nice to see all those Whooper Swans, they're such elegant and beautiful birds. It's a shame that the sun wasn't shining on those Golden Plovers!...[;o)

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    1. HI Trevor Yes it is lovely for bird watching although we don't have as many as varieites as the UK mainland. Yes, it was a pity the sun was not on the G.Plover but they were a great distancce away. Many thanks for your comments.

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  19. Margaret, awesome outing with great birds. I love the Whooper Swans and the Plovers. It is a very pretty spot for birding. Loved the photos. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. HI Eileen Glad youliked the Whoopers and Swans. Yhanks for comment.

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  20. Looks like your group saw a bunch of great birds… I love the Whooper Swans --and can't wait to see more of them.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  21. So many birds in one place!
    I liked the cow shot too. They never fail to be interested in you. :)

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  22. Great looking set of birds - Been a while since I have seen any of these species.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  23. great series of photos! i love to see the birds you get over there, margaret i wish i had birds like that in my neck of the woods.

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  24. o, so, thats where they are? Nice to see them.

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