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Iced Duck Anyone?


These pictures are going back a few months now. The small lake was frozen over during the cold weather and I snapped these guys just standing around on the ice. In the foreground of the photos we have Mallards with what I think are Black-headed guls in winter plumage in the background.

The photos were taken in Arklow, County Wicklow, on a pretty dull day with snow laden clouds. The photos are not of great quality but I just wanted to break my duck with, well, erm, ducks!

Great black-backed gull

Kilmore Quay – Herring Gull and Great Black-backed Gull

Kilmore Quay Co. County Wexford is a favourite summer day trip. On my last visit I snapped these gulls hovering around the fishing boats. I find it tricky to identify gulls but I think I may have got these guys right. The book says that the Great Black-backed Gull is the largest of our gulls and these guys were big. It is a lovely spot to wander around and for a spot of refreshment and a bite to eat you could not do better than Kehoe’s Pub. The Saltee Islands are off the Kilmore Quay coast and during the summer you can take a trip around the Islands. It really is a stunning trip to take – like watching wildlife a documentary, but it is real and right on our own doorstep here in Ireland. You might even see a puffin or two if you are lucky.