The birds of Ireland’s Eye

The birds of Ireland’s Eye

When the weather and especially the wind cooperate, you can take one of the Ireland’s Eye ferries to this small island, a 10-minute boat trip from Howth, the last stop on the DART rain line (Dublin area rapid transit). In summer the island is teeming with birds (gulls, guillemots, razorbills, puffins, oystercatchers, shellducks, the occasional peregrine falcon)….

The gannets of Ireland’s Eye

The gannets are the most difficult birds to photograph on Ireland’s Eye, since they nest on the highest cliffs and don’t like to be seen. But if you are willing to hike, and climb near the edges of some cliffs, you can get some great photographs in the summer. Take one of the Ireland’s Eye…

The splendors of Costa Rica birding

I photographed the birds in this slideshow during a seven-day stay in the La Fortuna area, where I hiked in the Mt. Arenal Volcano National Park, Parque Nacional Volcán Tenorio,  Caño Negro Wildlife refuge (where I saw this Pacific Screech Owl), and other, smaller nature preserves. Several of these birds are reclusive, or hard to…

Golden-hooded tanager, Costa Rica

We spotted this beauty on a branch near the Mt. Arenal Volano lodge. The “tangara larvata” is also called the Golden-masked Tanager, for obvious reasons. It is a small bird, similar in size to the north American sparrow, 5 inches or so.

Yellow-throated toucan at dusk, Mt. Arenal Costa Rica

The first night of our stay at Manoa Arenal Lodge, near the town of La Fortuna and also Mt. Arenal Volcano National Park, we walked through the grounds as the sun was setting and looked up at one of the many nearby Cecropia trees (ubiquitous important invaders of man-made clearings) and were treated to the…

Male & Female honeycreepers in La Fortuna

These beautiful honeycreepers were a surprise, appearing in the branches above us in a private nature preserve outside of La Fortuna.

The Woodpeckers of Costa Rica

The Mt. Arenal region of Costa Rica, to be specific. We spent seven days here, March 12-19 2017. We hiked in Mt. Arenal Volcano National Park, Caño Negro Wild Life Refuge, Parque Nacional Volcán Tenorio, and the Bogarin Nature Trail in La Fortuna. We saw over 100 species of birds; this post features the four…

Puffins & Razorbills on Lunga Island, Scotland

On 25 June 2016, just two days after the Brexit vote, 40 of us took a guided boat trip to Staff and Lunga Islands. We spent two hours on Lunga Island, watching and photographing the hundreds of nesting puffins and razorbills on a glorious, sunny afternoon.

The Tanagers of Panama

We mostly see the scarlet and summer tanagers in the southeast, but on a March 2016 trip to Panama we saw half a dozen new (to us) species (including the Golden-crowned or golden-hooded tanager): The rosy-thrush tanager

Broad-billed Motmot, Soberania National Park, Panama, 15 May 2016

Thanks to expert birder Justo Carmago@justadventuresp for helping us spot this broad-billed Motmot off the beaten path in Soberania National Park.