Author Archives: Tony Fluerty

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I'm a son of the Living God who wishes to share His amazing creation with others.

Autumn Bird Photography at Shelling Hill Beach

We were in no hurry, the sun had risen an hour earlier, but we made our leisurely way south down the A1, across the border and into County Louth.
We had decided that we would spend a relaxing day simply exploring Templeton beach and enjoy some autumn bird photography on the Cooley Peninsula with the main purpose of our visit, to hopefully photograph wheaters.
Not having visited the area before we wanted to take our time exploring, after all you only get to enjoy an area for the first time, once.

Autumn Bird Photography at Shelling Hill Beach

As it turned out this would also be our first trip to Shelling Hill beach.
Our original plan was to start our adventure at Templeton Beach, but we arrived at Shelling Hill beach instead, so how did we end up there? Let me explain.
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Bird Photography at Annagassan and Salterstown Pier

Written by Tony and Rosemary

As Rosie and I continue our adventures along the east coast of Ireland, we decided to do some bird photography at Annagassan and Salterstown Pier,

Annagassan is a small sleepy village situated on the banks of the River Glyde where it meets Dundalk Bay in the Irish sea, County Louth.

Annagassan began its life as a Viking settlement

The Vikings established Annagassan as a Longphort (an Irish name for a shore fortress) several kilometres up the river Glyde to harbour their longboats and they called the settlement Linn Duachaill.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY IN JULY AT CARLINGFORD LOUGH

Carlingford lough
In our last post, we shared our walk around the coastal town of Carlingford. However, the main purpose of our visit was to do some bird photography in July at Carlingford lough. The shoreline of the lough near to Carlingford village is designated as both a Special Area of Conservation under the EU Habitats Directive and an EU Special Protection Area that safeguards and maintains the habitats of migratory birds. It is part of the Natura 2000 network of protected areas and listed under the Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance.

For me this puts Carlingford on a par with my beloved Manawatu Estuary back home in New Zealand.

Street Photography in Carlingford Village

 

While doing some research on migratory birds in Ireland, Rosie and I learned that Carlingford Lough is an area of vital importance to wading birds. Each year large numbers of migrating waders from the arctic regions overwinter on the lough with parts of the lough being designated as special protection areas. It was that information that initially drew our curiosity towards the village of Carlingford in Ireland.

Carlingford Lough shore with Rostrevor Mountains in N Ireland ‘smoking’ in the background

Being serious bird photographers we knew that in order for us to successfully photograph the wintering birds of Carlingford Lough, it would require many visits over the winter into early spring. We had heaps of planning and information gathering ahead of us and still do at the time of writing this post.

While researching the lough, images of the colourful town houses kept popping up on our computer screens… intriguing us. So it was decided that for our first big adventure down south, we would do some street photography in Carlingford village. Then we would explore the lough and its surrounds on later visits.

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The colour of spring part 1

Having experienced my first spring here in Northern Ireland with Rosie, I felt the urge to share some of what we have been photographing over this period.

Late March saw the first of the spring flowers appearing from their hibernation.

Back home in New Zealand, daffodil and crocus are the first flowers to erupt from the earth, bringing colour to an otherwise muted tapestry of grey, brown and green.
It seems that this is also the case in Northern Ireland.

Derrymore House, the yellow cottage

Derrymore house

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