Young Robin - taken 2009 in back garden - Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland


When was the last time you actually watched wildlife in your back garden?

Today? Last week? Can't remember? In today's modern world, we are finding it increasingly difficult to relax and take time out from work or family. This blog is to remind you all of the free entertainment that we can enjoy each and every day - WILDLIFE!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Wicklow Head

Given that the forecasters got the weather wrong on Easter Sunday and it turned out to be gloriously sunny (sorry Warren!), I joined FB (Forest the Bear) on one of his walks to Wicklow Head via Seal Beach.
His last visit there showed at least 30 seals sunning themselves on the beach, this time there weren't as many but still enough to make me smile!  There were 5 on the beach....

....and another 2 playing at the waters edge.

After sitting watching them for about 45 minutes, we decided to make our way to Wicklow Head - seals don't really do much do they?!
This juvenile Shag/Cormorant (not sure which) was making the most of the sunshine & drying his wings.

We perched ourselves halfway down the cliff at Wicklow Head opposite the colony of Kittiwakes and Fulmars.  I've never actually seen a colony of seabirds before so this was a real treat for me.  I must say the noise was unbelievable & this was a small colony! It was quite awesome being at eye level with some of the birds as they circled before landing next to their mate.  The photos aren't the best due to the sun being in front of us and quite strong (again sorry Warren!)

Razorbills were doing their thing on the water!

After spending a couple of hours sat on damp grass, my backside decided enough was enough and we started to make our way back to the car park.

The views were gorgeous on the way back and reminded me of an Alpine village.  We had gorgeous blue sea, bright yellow gorse, blue skies, green fields and snow capped mountains in the background!


I do actually have a gorgeous photo of the stunning scenery but for some reason Blogger doesn't want to upload it (having stupid problems with Blogger at the mo!).  It's taken me about an hour to do this post which is ridiculous! Rant over now.  I'll try to post the last photo later!


Chris said...

Hi Sharon,
This is a very ncie post with many nice pictures!!! I'd loove to see the razzorbill around here now, they should soon arrive if the snow stops ;-)
The kittiwakes are here but they did not start to breed yet ...
The picture of the two seals playing in the water is gorgeous!

Warren Baker said...

What a cheering day for you Sharon. I did in fact have the sunshine here yesterday, ( just fleetingly!) Love the pics today.

Phil said...

Hi Sharon, good post without the other picture. I love big seabird colonies but we don't have any here. We're going to Mull soon and will hopefully see some there. Regards to FB and yourself.

Cheryl said...

Hi the lovely to just sit and watch them.
Fabulous scenery to...

I have had trouble with blogger recently, very frustrating......