I have been away from a scanner for a while now so this is a few pics from recent travels. A great trip to Tory Island for corncrakes was followed by another great trip out to Saltee Islands off Wexford last weekend. The following day I travelled to north wexford to see a family of bearded tits a friend had just found. The tits stayed distant but a male and 4 juvs were seen sitting together on reed tips. Great to see them continuing their rapid spread.
A few sketches from a sunny day on Saltee and some fantastic views of the seabirds last weekend. Atleast 2 'bridled' Guillemots were on the southern cliffs, the island is a much better location to sketch birds than Tory as the cliffs aren't as steep and the birds more approachable. The day finished with great views of 2 hobby's and a montagues harrier at Tacumshin, with a few bearded tits flying over the reedbed.
After travelling to see a family of bearded tits a friend found at a new location, this cuckoo showed really well, perching on fence posts and wires being constantly harrassed by the local meadow pipits.