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Tue22nd Jan 2013
A new publication, Birds through Irish Eyes, by Anthony McGeehan, and two recent Irish Times articles (15/12/2012 & 19/01/2013), by Michael Viney, have raised the question whether Red Kites were ever found in Ireland and whether bird of prey reintroductions are necessary.  The suggestion in the book that the ‘introduction’ of Red Kite was ‘unethical’ is a slight on the Irish Raptor Study Group, the Northern Irish Raptor Study Group, all the Red Kite Projects…
Red Kite with gloves
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Fri18th May 2012
A breeding attempt by a pair of White-tailed Eagles, near Mountshannon, Lough Derg, has unfortunately failed at the point of hatching. The birds started to lose interest in the nest site on Tuesday (16/5/12) evening and did not attend the nest at all on Wednesday (17/5/12). A nest visit yesterday by Golden Eagle Trust and National Parks and Wildlife Service staff confirmed that only egg shell fragments and the remains of a tiny White-tailed Eagle…
Young WT Eagles abandon nest at hatching time
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Mon30th Apr 2012
A pair of White-tailed Eagles has been confirmed nesting near Mountshannon, Co Clare, the first documented nesting attempt for the species in Ireland in over 100 years. Nest building began in recent weeks with the birds spending much time in and around the nest site before laying eggs. Although the nest has not been visited to confirm the presence of eggs to avoid any unnecessary disturbance, the behaviour of the birds indicated that the birds…
Sea Eagles nest for the first time in 100 years
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Thu26th Jan 2012
The following extraordinary incident took place in Glenveagh National Park on Sunday 8th January 2012. A group of 15 walkers from Derry City were walking down the glen along the Glenveagh Bridle path on Sunday afternoon. They were about a mile from the Glenveagh Castle Tearoom, walking along the vehicular track, secured by boulders along the Lough shore, in an area known as the Long Hollow. They heard some commotion and 'rushing' sound above them…
Fiadhna stunned
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Sun13th Nov 2011
Stop Press "14 Cranes were seen today in Ballincollig (to the west of Cork City) flying near Maglin Valley at 13.25 hrs and 19 Cranes were simultaneously seen near Midleton Dual Carriageway (east of Cork City) before 12.00 noon and stayed there all day. So it appears that there are two flocks of Cranes, comprising 14 and 19 Birds, on either side of Cork City." 15 Eurasian Cranes (Cranes) were seen flying north, high over…
Cranes 1
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