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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Europe: Nerdy Birdy: The Birds of Ireland, England and the Netherlands

I want to start out this post saying that these photos are TERRIBLE. I did not bring any of my birding lenses since I knew this would not be a birding trip, since birding lenses are not good for people or buildings (and that was our focus of our trip) AND because these lenses are heavy and take up a lot of room. With that being said we did see quite a few birds and I could not help but at least record the ones that I did see with my “oh so obvious non-birding lens” . Please don’t judge.

IRELAND
All of the birds I found in Ireland were on our day tour outside of the city Dublin with most of them shot during our two hour walk at the Cliffs of Moher. I had read about seeing Atlantic Puffins at the cliffs but unfortunately I found out that this bird only comes to shore to breed and it was not breeding season (sad pouty face) I did however see a few birds that I had never seen before which was exciting!

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BLACK CAP

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EURASIAN JAY

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PETREL

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PIED WAGTAIL

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CHAFFICK

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ROOK

And then on our way back to our drop off point we stopped for a few moments at a castle on a lake, in the lake were about 30 mute swans. They were gorgeous!

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MUTE SWAN

LONDON
In London I was lucky to have two excellent opportunity to spot a ton of new birds. The first place was St. James Park. There was a lovely pond and the girls took a seat while I played quickly with the birds. I really TRIED to go quickly, there were just so many!

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BLACK SWAN

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AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN (left) AND AN EASTERN WHITE PELICAN (RIGHT)

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BAR HEADED GOOSE

The next three birds are birds that I have never seen before that are on my nerdy birdy list, see here. Its cool that I am a half a world away and yet there are still birds here that are back home.

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215. BLACK-HEADED GULL

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34. COMMON EIDER

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6. ROSS GOOSE

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COMMON MORHEN

P.S. I laid down in a dress on the cement to take this photo of the Morhen above, I did get quite a few 'SERIOUSLY' looks but it was worth it!

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EGYPTIAN GOOSE

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EURASIAN COOT

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GREYLAG GOOSE

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HAWAIIAN GOOSE

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RED-BREASTED GOOSE

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SHELDUCK

WOW that was a ton of birds there you can imagine I was in a little bit of birdy heaven there.

Ms. Dancer’s mother-in-law also had a lovely garden in her yard with a bird bath and a few feeders. They even put more food out than usual so they would get a good amount in the yard for me. I am such a lucky girl. In the three days that we were there I managed to photo five new birds.

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EUROPEAN ROBIN

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GREAT TIT

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BLUE TIT

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LONG TAILED TIT

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WOOD PIGEON

WOW there are a ton of birds in this post…

AMSTERDAM

In Amsterdam I saw five new birds but one was a rather ODD sight… I saw what I thought was a parrot, not once but on numerous occasions. Come to find out that they were not parots but parakeets and Amsterdam is home to one of the largest feral Rose-Ringed Parakeet population in the world.

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ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET

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JACKDAW

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GREY HERON

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DUNNOCK

The Black-billed Magpie is also a bird on my list that I have never seen,, see the nerdy birdy list here. So that makes four new birds to cross off from this list YIPPIE!

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390. BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE

Whew I am birded out!

2 comments:

lilmansworld said...

I must admit I scrolled through this one rather quickly but as I did, the photo of the Great tit looked as if the bird itself was hopping along. It was funny and ironic

paul peggy zeus said...

Its so cool to see birds - especially those in other countries that we can't see in America. Good job finding all of these!! LOVE BIRDS!!

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