31 August 2013

Summer in Inishowen, Co. Donegal, Ireland.

There is a definite autumnal feel in the air as August draws to an end. We’ve enjoyed one of the best summers for many years with very high temperatures for most of July and a long dry spell. Unfortunately August has been quite wet and humid but overall we can’t complain too much, and we Irish do love to talk about the weather…all the time!

For Solas Ireland August has been a great month for wildlife sightings. We’ve seen foxes; hares; lots of rabbits (which are very active at the moment); bats and birds of prey, as well as pods of dolphins and porpoises, some in very close proximity to the Solas Ireland H.Q. Personally my greatest delight this month has been hearing the elusive Corncrake which comes to Ireland to breed over the summer months. Unfortunately, the breeding numbers of this very shy and secretive bird are in severe decline and it is now classed as endangered. Its’ kerrx-kerrx call is very distinctive and while the Corncrake won’t win any singing competitions it is a great privilege to hear its’ very distinctive call.
Check out this wonderful footage shoot in Inishowen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks2taH61mn8 
You won’t forget the kerrx-kerrx call of the rarely seen Corncrake
(html source:http://www.birdwatchireland.ie/Default.aspx?tabid=311)

Best wishes from Solas Ireland.

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