Birds, Canon 40D, Canon 75-300, Cork, Ireland, Photography, Photos

The Eagle Owl is Watching

An eagle owl at Fota Wildlife Park watches us human visitors with careful, observant eyes.

Watching this bird and the others the trainers had was an awe inspiring experience. I’m glad I took my 75-300mm telephoto lens!

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 40D
Focal length 300mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/500s
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Birds, Black and White, Boat, Canon 20D, Cork, Houses, Ireland, Kinsale, Long Exposure, Night, People, Photography, Photos, Sea, Sigma 10-20, Sigma 18-200, Sky, Street, Urban, Water

Kinsale at Night

The quiet, residential part of Kinsale as photographed from the busy touristy part across the harbour! This was a long exposure shot that came out quite nicely but it did show up the dead pixels on my sensor again. Good thing I don’t have time to shoot many of these types of photos nowadays.

The fight against comment spammers never ends. This blog is listed on a few “do follow” listings and I caught someone this morning leaving a comment after they came here from a “site:inphotos.org” Google search. The comment is delinked but even if I hadn’t, his url still wouldn’t have shown because I only show it after a certain number of comments have been made. It’s my thank you to the regular commenters here. The pagerank you get from that link isn’t diluted by the spammers.

PS. Phil O’Kane will be in Cork next weekend from Friday to Sunday. I’ll be meeting him at Robodock at 3pm and hopefully before but maybe we can get a small photomeet together at some stage on Saturday or Sunday?

Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 18mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 15s
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Birds, Blarney, Canon 20D, Cork, Fog, Ireland, Nature, Photos, Sigma 18-200, Sky, Sun

Misty Morning Bird

Misty Morning Bird

What were you doing at 5:52am this bright Sunday morning? Fast asleep? Our little boy Adam had us up and about bright and early. Bleary eyed parents who read this will I’m sure agree that it’s a shame young kids don’t realise the weekend is for sleeping in.

I would have missed this shot though so I’m thankful he was up this early. The fog is gone now, burned off by the early morning sun, I’ve already been out with both Adam and Oscar and brought home a couple of good photos. I’m a bit tired now, more then 3 hours later at 9.30am as I write this. Adam is asleep and I’m going for a nap shortly. zzzzz.

Aperture ƒ/13
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 125mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/640s
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Birds, Black and White, Boat, Canon 10-22, Canon 20D, Co. Cork, Cork, Ireland, Landscape, Photos, Sea, Urban, Vehicles, Water

The birds of Schull

birds of schull

Two seagulls wander into the water on the slip that serves the Bere Ferry in Schull Harbour.

Jacinta was the first to notice that actually, the Bere Ferry does not go from Schull. It lands at Castletownbere! Oops!

Aperture ƒ/9
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 22mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/125s
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Birds, Blarney, Canon 20D, Cork, Ireland, Look up, Photos, Sigma 18-200, Sky, Sun

Call of the evening

A bird atop the light outside my house calls into the glowing evening sky heralding the end of 2007.

After walking Oscar I had to grab my camera and shoot the beautiful evening sky. The background was this colour, there’s no trickery here except a little vignetting and sharpening.

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Birds, Canon 10-22, Canon 20D, Cork, Ireland, Look up, Photos, Sky, The Lough, Urban

Swans on The Lough

Swans swim past on The Lough in Cork City. This was one of the first photos I took at the recent photowalk there. Despite the clear blue sky and lovely light it was quite cold with a biting wind!

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Birds, Candid, Canon 10-22, Canon 20D, Cork, Ireland, People, Photos, The Lough, Urban, Water

Heads up at the Lough

This was shot from a precarious position. I jumped up on one of the concrete posts dotted around the pond and very carefully snapped a couple of shots. I just about managed to balance there for a few minutes! See the two black swans everyone else was shooting?

From left to right: Donal, Ryan, Kevin, Katie and Sean spotted me and started shooting the biggest birdbrain there ..

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Birds, Canon 10-22, Canon 20D, Cork, Ireland, Look up, People, Photos, Sky, The Lough, Urban

The pigeon flies away!

Besides the beautiful swans, there’s the usual gathering of pigeons waddling along on the path picking up bread crumbs.

Too tempting. I had to chase after them and encourage them to fly a little. Some of them need the exercise!

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Birds, Canon 10-22, Canon 20D, Cork, Ireland, People, Photos, The Lough, Urban, Water

Feed the swans at the Lough

Girls feed the swans at the Lough on Sunday afternoon.

Urban acid 🙂

Will posted his first photo from the day on his blog. He did arrive late, but he made up for lost time!

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Birds, Canon 10-22, Canon 20D, Cork, Ireland, Nature, Photos, The Lough, Urban, Water

The Swan’s Wings

You really only appreciate how large and imposing a swan is when they rear up out of the water and spread their magnificent wings. While at The Lough on Sunday there were a number of fights between swans. Guess it’s that time of the year again, eh?

The swans were fairly tame towards us humans, and allowed us to shoot quite closely, but I’ve had run ins with swans before and I’m always suspicious of them!

Katie caught me as I lay on the ground to get a shot of The Lough Church. Embarrassed? Me? Never, I’ve been in many other more compromising situations just to get a shot!

Ryan posted a whole set of photos from the day and Kevin has posted his first shot.

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