The weather was a little better on 29th so we headed over towards Ballinclamper once again stopping at Ballinacourty Pier to see if we could get decent views of the Black-necked and Slavonian Grebes. However the wind was ferocious and it was impossible to keep the scope steady. I had brief views of a grebe about 200 metres off-shore but it was so difficult to hold a steady view that in the end I gave up without identifying the bird. At least things were a bit better at Ballinclamper. It was actually pretty sheltered just below the carpark and both the Bluethroat and a Black Redstart were giving very close views.
|Black Redstart and Bluethroat - Ballinclamper, Co. Waterford, 28th December 2011|
Youtube Black Redstart
The area below the carpark at Ballinclamper is nicely sheltered and the both the Black Redstart and Bluethroat were busy flycatching and feeding all the time both P and I were watching them. Several times the Bluethroat chased the Black Red away which is not a sight you'll see too often in Ireland, especially in late December. As the mild weather continues for the moment I hope both birds continue to thrive and make it through to the spring.
|Photographing Bluethroat and Black Redstart at Ballinclamper, Co. Waterford, 29th December 2011|
|(Red-billed) Chough, Ballinclamper, Co. Waterford, 29th December 2011|
|Black-necked Grebe, Ballinacourty Pier, Co. Waterford, 31st December 2011.|
|Bar-tailed Godwit, Ballinclamper, Co. Waterford, 31st December 2011|
And so that is it for birding in 2011. I think I finished the year with 8 Irish ticks, not as much as other years but I tend to twitch a bit less than before and probably miss a lot by spending more time on the photography side of things. I already did a wrap-up of 2011 earlier in my blog, you can read Highs and lows of 2011 for the best and worst bits of my birding year. My next blog entry will be in 2012, until then Happy New Year to you all and good birding!!