Musings and photos of wild and everyday life

Getting Colder – Review of 2010 – November

November

Rainbow over Customs House and Liffey, DublinThings were looking good at the beginning of the month. 

A rainbow completely covering the Customs House in Dublin seemed to promise protection and good things.

Shaggy Inkcap Mushroom, Athlone.

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On a visit to Colm and Amanda in Athlone, I came across this Inkcap Mushroom  …..

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….and went eye to eye with the lovely Skyla.

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Skyla in Athlone
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Orange Rose in frost
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Back home heavy frost was a sign of detioriating weather.

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Barbara Stand at Arts Exhibition Drogheda
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In the second half of November I went to a great arts and crafts exhibition / fair in Drogheda, organised by some enterprising ladies.

Crafts included silks, jewelry and photographs including some great pics of African animals by my friend Barbara.

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It was well supported even by the Mayor.  It’s great to see enthusiasm and ability appreciated.

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Bar-headed Goose, Swords Estuary

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It is a good drive to Drogheda, despite the new road, so I had to make the most of the journey by visiting another of my fravourite places, Swords Estuary:)

When I was young, a zillion years ago, we used to call this area Seatown Little. We used to see Whooper and Bewick Swans there and loads of Herons.  It is a great spot with a road around the sea that is covered at high tide.

Hard to beat on a day off with the crossword, a snack and binoculars.

This particular day the Swans were all Mute (definitely not mute) and were being fed by old and young.  There were also a good few Lapwing and Brent Geese.

Hanging around with the Swans was this Bar-headed Goose. I hadn’t seen one for some time.

Goosander Male, Swords Estuary

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Just before I had to go a ragged looking Goosander appeared, gliding along in the water between the low ‘islands’.

I have seen a Goosander on a lake in England and on the Avonmore river in Clara Vale, Wicklow (where incidentally, there are nest boxes for them) but I didn’t expect to see one in salty water.


Finally as I left the area there were a group of Little Grebes in the river.

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Back in Blessington, the end of the month was showing the harshness and beauty of one of the longest really cold spells for decades.

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One response

  1. Wow, I don’t know where to start, the rainbow, the frozen rose, the gorgeous lake shot. Beautiful stuff.

    May 1, 2011 at 8:42 pm

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