Rosie and Tony’s New Zealand South Island Adventure: part 1

I’ve been threatening to write about Rosie and Tony’s New Zealand South Island Adventure for well over a year now.
We have been in Northern Ireland for 18 months now and I have run out of excuses to put it off.
If the truth be known, I really enjoy looking back at the images both of us took on our trip as it brings up so many great memories and emotions. So here is the first post of my new series.

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Anticrepuscular rays at Flagstaff lookout.

This is a short post to let people know I intend to continue posting and writing for this blog, so this post is just to keep things rolling.
In the coming months I hope to post images of our Autumn trip around the South Island of New Zealand before we had to rush home and prepare to shift to Northern Ireland.

Anticrepuscular rays at flagstaff

Earlier this year Rosie and I experienced some amazing Anticrepuscular rays at Flagstaff lookout.

Anticrepuscular rays, or antisolar ray are meteorological optical phenomena similar to crepuscular rays, but appear opposite the Sun in the sky. Anticrepuscular rays are essentially parallel, but appear to converge toward the antisolar point, the vanishing point, due to a visual illusion from linear perspective.
Anticrepuscular rays are most frequently visible around sunrise or sunset. This is because the atmospheric light scattering that makes them visible (backscattering) is larger for low angles to the horizon than most other angles. Anticrepuscular rays are dimmer than crepuscular rays because backscattering is less than forward scattering.
Anticrepuscular rays can be continuous with crepuscular rays, curving across the whole sky in great circles.

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.