Thursday, 20 February 2014

"A Rough Guide to.. Wildlife Photography" A Presentation by Mark Carmody on Thursday 20th March

Photo: Mark Carmody

 "A Rough Guide to.. Wildlife Photography"  A presentation by Mark Carmody will take place on Thursday 20th March in Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff at 8pm.

  Mark is a keen birder/wildlife photographer and, along with Jim Wilson, has recently produced the first photographic ID guide to the birds of Ireland which is called, "The Birds of Ireland, A field Guide" (produced in association with BirdWatch Ireland).

 Mark's presentation will tell the story of how he started in wildlife photography and how the books he has published along with Jim Wilson came about. He will talk to us about  the photography techniques he has learned and how he has put them into practice. The talk will be illustrated with many photographs of birds and wildlife from Ireland and abroad and is geared to suit both photographers and also those with a general interest in wildlife.
  Other books produced by Mark and Jim include "Shore-Birds of Ireland" and "Fresh-Water Birds of Ireland"
Copies of Mark and Jim's new book will be for sale on the night after the presentation.

All welcome and admission is free!

Click here to visit Mark's photography website

Cavan Branch Members AGM will take place prior to the talk at 7pm sharp.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Dundalk Bay Sunday 2th February

Watching roosting waders at Dundalk Docks

A branch outing to Dundalk Bay was held on 2nd February. We luckily chanced upon a dry and bright morning, which was unexpected after the recent spate of stormy weather! We met up at Dundalk docks at 10.30am. Here we enjoyed views of teal, lapwing, golden plover and various gull species before the rising tide levels meant it was time to move on.

 Oystercatchers. photo: Michael Mc Nulty

  Teal at Dundalk Docks photo: Clare Donoghue

 Black-headed gull photo: Clare Donoghue
Photo: Michael Mc Nulty

 Our next stop was Lurgangreen, where large numbers of roosting waders were present. Among the waders, we spotted a few goldeneye and a pair of pintail ducks.

Lurgangreen. photo: Freddy Mc Gavin 

Giles Quay photo: Freddy Mc Gavin

Before finishing up for the day, we visited Gyles' Quay. Here we watched ringed plover and turnstone feeding on the beach, as well as good numbers of gull species. Although the sea was very choppy we did manage to get  some close-up views of a great northern diver and a group of red-breasted mergansers feeding in the harbour, which made for a great end to the day's birding.

 Great northern diver photo: Clare Donoghue

stonechat photo: Clare Donoghue