My last post was from Inch Wildfowl Reserve in Co Donegal, where I stopped to photograph the Whooper Swans that were wintering in the nearby fields and were the main reason for my visit. While I was there however, I took a walk along a couple of the paths through the reserve, and there was plenty to see and photograph in the Spring weather.
It is normally frowned upon to creep through the woods with a telephoto lens taking photos of lovebirds sharing a tender moment, but I’m pretty sure its ok if the lovebirds are wood pigeons.
A goldfinch – one of our most colourful small birds.
Another colourful species – the blue tit.
Wrens are less colourful, and as shy and fast-moving birds they can be difficult to photograph as you can tell from my blurred attempt!
Primroses – one of the first signs of Spring.
Housing provided for some of the residents.
Aquatic plants in the sluggish waterway alongside the path.
A singing chaffinch.
Ivy on a fallen tree trunk.
Reedmace, commonly known as a bulrush.
I know these are male cones, but I wouldn’t be sure of the species – if I had to pick, I’d say European Larch.
Young female cones on the same tree.
Gorse or “whin bushes”.
Colourful fungi on the woodland floor.
A fearless robin.
This chaffinch seemed saddened by my existence.
A last shot looking up through the birches.