Category Archives: Travel

A Redwing in Iceland

I was surprised by a loud, unfamiliar song, and a large thrush landed in the bush in front of me.  At eye level, I was confronted by the vibrant ghost of Irish winter past right in the middle of a … Continue reading

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Glories of Nature: Autumn in Ireland Part 2

The rich harvest of wild berries in the Irish hedgerows is a signature sign of Autumn.  Blackberries and rose hips from wild Dog Roses, Hawthorn hips and Blackthorn berries better known as Sloes.

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To see the glories of nature you have to look carefully. Autumn in Ireland part one.

As Spring approaches in 2017 I look back to October 2016 in Tipperary, Ireland on the shores of Lough Derg.  It was a typical ripe Autumn bursting with berries and dying leaves rich with color.   I found wildflowers before Winter and battered … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Encounter With a Water Owl: Cuvier’s Beaked Whale

Several hundred years ago there was said to be a strange and fierce sea creature that attacked ships.  The Water-Owl or Ziphius had the body of a fish and a head of an owl with huge eyes and a beak-like … Continue reading

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Pacific Shore Birds on Rose Atoll

I find that shore birds on distant Pacific islands can be hard to approach.  They are often far out on sand spits or rocky outcrops, and fly off as soon as one approaches.  On Rose Atoll, the southern-most US national monument … Continue reading

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Masked Boobies: Rose Atoll Part Two

The Masked Booby is such an elegant bird however the young are endearing and almost comical – as the first two photographs show.  There were a few chicks and juveniles on Rose Island and I saw several adults flying.  The young were … Continue reading

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Rose Atoll, Remote US National Monument. Part One Brown Boobies

Rose Atoll is a tiny speck on the map in the Southern pacific and is part of American Samoa.  This remote place has one small island that you can walk around in twenty minutes but is home for over 300,000 seabirds. … Continue reading

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