If Carlsberg did Humpback Whales this is how they would look. Coming off Skellig Michael Island last Thursday afternoon there were 8 of these stunning creatures feeding, breaching and hanging around the calm waters of south Kerry. The first series of shots are of a humpback eating a shoal of sprat.
I have spent most of this summer working on Skellig Michael Island in Kerry surveying seabirds and encounter Puffins everyday. There are somewhere between 7-10,000 of these beautiful looking birds on the island, and very colourful they are, but at this stage I have encountered enough to last a lifetime. Looking forward to finding something unusual on the island as we creep closer to autumn.
Puffins, Skellig Michael, County Kerry John N Murphy
Black-winged Stilts are a very common breeding bird in the Algarve and throughout Portugal. Always a very nice bird to see and photograph and can be very approachable in saltpans close to roadsides and embankment walkways.
A selection of Black-winged Stilts from Portugal John N Murphy