Wildlife Photography Workshop
I am hold a wildlife photography workshop on Sat 25 August in Carlow in Blackstairs Eco Trails .
Otter Release, Donegal, Fri 3 Aug
Whilst volunteering for the Irish Wildlife Rehabilitation Trust last year, I brought an Otter from Ireland to Scotland to be rehabilited by the International Otter survival Trust at their rehabilitation centre on the Isle of Skye. This was the only place suitable at the time. This week, I drove to Belfast, took the ferry and collected the otter (half way to Skye) for its return to Donegal. It was a long drive back to Donegal (and a smelly one!). A soft release (kept on location for a few days before release) was done and now the otter is back in Donegal living in the beautiful Glenveagh NP, with four types of fish to choose from.
The fantastic release site in Glenveagh National park
Little Tern project Baltray, 5 Aug
The season has ended for the Little Tern project in Baltray, where I do some wardening.
It was not a good season for the little terns in County Louth with only 24 fledged chicks at Baltray. The terns can live for up to 20 years (must check that)
and so hopefully the odd bad year will not affect the general sucess of the project, run by Louth Nature Trust.
The bad year has been attributed to predation by a fox and bad weather. The bad weather destroyed a large part of the electric fence, allowing a fox to enter.
Pine Marten Camera Trap, 9 Aug
I have been trying to photograph Pine Martens using a camera trap (Bushnell). So far I have only caught it once but the excitment of waiting to see what you got is similar to the old days of waiting to see how your photos came out. So far, I have snapped mice, rat, fox pine marten and deer. I will post images before the weekend (just record images). I have decide to find a site closer to home and intend to finish this weekend.
An exhibition of my photograph has now moved from Sage and Stone to Ashbourne Library.
Wildlife Photography Workshop
I am hold a wildlife photography workshop on 28 July in Botanic gardens from 10:00am to 1:00am.
New Kingfisher Gallery
Here is a new gallery of Kingfishers from several months back. Unfortunately the nest failed twice after high water levels flooded the nest and drowned the chicks. Kingfisher populations are known to fluctuate from high to low very quickly. After the cold snap two winters ago, populations dropped as many Kingfishers didn't survive the winter. So teh last thing that they needed was a deluge of a summer.
The images were taken under licence and there was no disturbance to the nest. Apologies for the late appearence of a July gallery, this was dues to illness and holidays in Mull.
Coming soon, images from Mull and a collection of small stuff from during the year.
Wildlife Conference Botanic Gardens
The IWT in conjunction with Canon have organised a wildlife conference in Botanic Garden Sat 28 July starting at 10:15am till 'lunch. Time and permitting, we will take a walk in the botanic gardens afterwards.
Places are limited and so you must register.
For more details, see http://iwt.ie/events/
After a recent trip to the saltees with the camera club (Navan Camera Club), here is a selection of images from the Saltees. Not the best day and being the busy period, we only got a few hours on the Island. However there are some interesting images of predation and partner feeding.
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All Images Copyright ©Andrew Kelly