Thursday, 15 May 2014

Good Fences - Bird Group walks along Broad Water Towpath at Moira.

A few weeks ago my bird group and myself went in the train for 1 hour from Bangor to Moira Station to walk along the Towpath so these are some of the photographs I took during our walk. 

Moira railway station serves Moira in County Down, Northern Ireland.  Despite the station serving the County Down town, the station itself is located in County Antrim, the neighbouring Lagan Canal being the boundary. Moira station is the oldest building on the Northern Ireland Railway network today having been opened on 18 November 1841.


During the construction of the station and the railway, thousands of skeletons were unearthed, leading to a greater understanding of the Battle of Moira, the largest battle in the history of Ireland, which had occurred in 637 and the previous details of which were much less well known.



There is a station building and signal cabin on the 'down' platform. Off site, away from the platforms, there is a station master's house. 



The old, now redundant, signal box stands over 
the station on the Southbound side.


We stopped for coffee before starting our walk.
 These are some of the member of the group.



This shot was taken as I  leaned over the wall/fence at the station platform as I watched these 2 Pied Wagtails chasing each other.

  
So off we go and I will show you the fences and birds along the way.








Nesting Mute Swans


Ahead of us on the towpath, we all saw this female Bullfinch feeding on the ground for about 5 minutes and then I noticed the male Bullfinch was in the tree opposite watching her.







 There were very many Reed Buntings singing but not always easy to see.




Last week I showed you a post about the 13 ducklings born at Mount Stewart Gardens and this time this Mallard had 11 chicks.





This is the only shot I was able to captured all 11 ducklings.




Moorhen



Another nesting Swan



Dunnock and we also saw Sedge Warbler and heard Willow Warbler.



 There were quite a number of Swallows but this one I photographed when we returned to the station.




 However I will leave you with a fence and I am linking this post with Tex’s

I have a short video which can be accessed at

http://youtu.be/stgS0elennQ

If there is a black space below,click it and the video will appear.




Tomorrow I will continue our walk along the towpath however this time I will show you different reflections to go along with James’ WEEKEND REFLECTIONS.  

So see you tomorrow and thanks for visiting today.  

Many thanks for leaving comments on any of my posts.

51 comments:

  1. see you got your priorities in order - caffeine up front! Enjoyed the various birds you saw and so handy to public transport!

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    1. Yup! We birder are in agreement with thinking coffee first! Glad you enjoyed the post and thanks for comment

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  2. We can see that you like nature and also to teach it very well to us.

    Tomás.

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    1. HI Tomas Yes I do love nature and I also like sharing the wonders of nature with eveyone.

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  3. This looks a great place for a walk. A pity the canal is no longer used.

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    1. Hi Adrian Yes it is a very peaceful to walk and observe nature. Lots of canals are now not working which is a pity.

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  4. Beautiful, the railway line, the canal, and oh, the birds, especially the Bullfinches, superb.

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  5. The towpath looks like a pretty walk. Lovely nature scenes and great birds. Thanks for sharing your walk. Have a happy day!

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  6. It looks a lovely walk Margaret with some great birds seen. I love the Mallard ducklings :)

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  7. You go on so many wonderful birding tours! YES, I am jealous. ;))

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  8. Wonderful Margaret, a lovely walk with lots of pretty scenery and a variety of beautiful birds. And good fences too :)

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  9. Thanks for taking us along on your adventure! I really enjoyed all of your pictures.

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  10. Beautiful walk. Don't know which I like the best. Mommy Duck with her little ones are precious, but the Moorhen with the bright red is eye catching. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I enjoyed walking with you, seeing the beauty of the Northern Irish green, the fences, birds, swans and ducklings!

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  12. a nice looking group of peeps for your adventure!! beautiful fences, awesome views and i am only slightly jealous of your swan captures!! looks like a great outing!!

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  13. What a spectacular post, Margaret! Starting with the train tracks, because of my fondness for all things train, I enjoyed every single photo. The tunnels and fences just cheer me to no end.

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  14. What a wonderful walk Margaret. I love the photos and the narrative. I would love to visit there.

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  15. Looks like a great path to walk. Love the 11 chicks and all the birds.

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  16. The shot under the bridge looking at a bridge...awesome! Beautiful selection of birds and love the old brick.

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  17. What a varieties of FANTASTIC walk with you♡♡♡ I especially love the swans!!!
    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  18. This is a very interesting post. I really enjoyed the walk, photos and narration. Thank you.

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  19. such a beautiful area, filled with birds and ducks. love the bridge arc with the vines growing on it. thanks for linking in with some really nice fences and views!

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  20. Thank you for bringing us along. That fence by the canal is in good repair and necessary I'm sure. Loved spotting the birds, the swan and peeking through the reeds. I could almost hear the birds. I will have to share the train station with my grandson who at 10 is still crazy about anything having to do with trains.

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  21. Oh Margaret, what a delicious tour of beauty, birds and history. I love old bridges and tunnels. I always pull over to take pictures when I see one ... but it is rare and you have captured a lifetime of beauty in these shots. The birds and the video are marvelous. Were the Pied Wagtails disputing territory or was there a little courtship involved ... it is that time of year after all. The baby ducklings are so sweet. We don't have any here yet and thankfully so because our weather has been very cold. It is always a pleasure to follow your posts. Thank you for this part of the tour and I will look forward to the finish another day.

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. HI Andrea I think it was a courtship display. I am so glad you enjoyed the post and I appreciate your comments.

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  22. I love the old quaint buildings. A little history, a little birding, good friends - sounds like a great day.
    Lovely photos of the scenery!

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  23. Thank you for the lovely tour. It was quite nice. Many sweet birds and great fences. You covered it all and I am ready for a bite to eat. MB

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  24. I enjoyed the walk very much! It's a beautiful area. Sweet ducklings and lovely swans.

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  25. Too much fun riding the train!! We lived in Germany in the 80s and went everywhere by train!! Wish we had the rails here in the states.
    Huge swan nests!! What a lovely day to go birding!!

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  26. That was a beautiful walk in a lovely area. Great pictures Margaret. Love the fences by the tunnel and what a beautuiful station.

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  27. Oh, my goodness, all of your photos are just beautiful! I've been to England and Scotland but have never been to Ireland. It's definitely on my wish list and your photos make me want to go soon!

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  28. Margaret, all the images are beautiful.
    Green is juicy. delighted with every bird, ducks, swans ...
    Each of the bridges shown is wonderful.
    Greetings.

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  29. I like how the fence goes under the bridge, too! Great bird shots!

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  30. Again , a fantastic blog with great photos.

    peter

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  31. Lovely Margaret, nice photographs, love the pictures of the Moorhen :)

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  32. Beautiful collection of photos. Nice submission for the Fences meme. I noticed the purple galinule in there which we also enjoy here, too.

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    1. Hi Gail No it is not a PurpleGallinule but a MOORHEN. Glad you enjoyed the post and many thanks for leaving a commenet

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  33. That Moor Hen has the biggest feet! We have plenty of Mallards here and they even come into our yard and I feed them. But your pictures of mom and dad with the babies are SO cute!! The Reed Buntings look much like our chickadees. So the station is a graveyard station! It all looks very clean and the station house is very cute.

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  34. I love the birds, the fences and the stone bridges - everything is so beautiful. Your video is lovely, it was so nice to hear all the bird sounds in the background.

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  35. I very much enjoyed your bird group walk and video! So much beauty where you live!

    Thanks for your visit and comment on my fences.

    ~Lindy

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  36. What a beautiful tour that was! I love the meandering towpath and all the sights along the way.

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  37. Your shots are always amazing, Margaret! Loved this series of shots. You certainly see some interesting sights, not to mention birds! Thanks for sharing.

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  38. This looks like a pretty area, and the one shot of looking down the river could easily have been taken in my area. Great shots of the various birds (most of which I'm unfamiliar with). I like the old railway station and curved bridge. Interesting facts regarding the station construction. Thanks for visiting my blog ... I'm now following along with your blog. Wendy x

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    1. HI Wendy Glad you found my blog and enjoyed it. Many thanks for your comments. Much appreciated.

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  39. Oh my goodness, what a grand display of captures out and about, with people and birds, all lovely!

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  40. What a wonderful tour! You had me smiling all the way through!!

    Love your fences and the birds!

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife@wordpress.com

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  41. Enjoyed the tour, fabulous images!

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  42. What a wonderful walk... Your photos are marvelous will have to learn more now about the war and the railroad

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  43. Wow so many wonderful scene views with lovely fence and pretty birds. I really enjoyed this post.

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  44. I forgot to mention that I loved the baby ducklings and that bird with the red beak.

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  45. Love the photos of the mama duck and her ducklings! So cute! Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

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