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Panasonic Lumix GH5 — a “birder on-tour” review

Spotted Flycatcher, Shetland

By sheer coincidence, while we had the Panasonic Lumix GH5 camera body and Leica DG 100-400mm telephoto zoom lens on loan for review, one of our review team was heading to Shetland for his annual autumn migration “pilgrimage”. We asked if he’d like to take the camera along and give….

Panasonic Lumix GH5 & Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400mm

Panasonic Lumix GH5 for Wildlife Photography

Pros: Professional build quality and comprehensive feature set, incredibly compact and light for an 800mm 35mm equivalent focal length setup, fast accurate autofocus, superb image stabilisation in the body and the lens made hand-holding at long focal lengths possible. Did I mention it was compact and light. Cons: Autofocus sometimes….

Competition time: win tickets to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition

It’s competition time again here at Ireland’s Wildlife… and this time we’re giving you the chance to win two tickets to the fabulous Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition that’s coming to Dublin for the first time ever this year. For your chance to win two free tickets to this fabulous….

Raven under the cosh from belligerent hoodies

Hooded crows are a pretty cranky bunch at this time of year, and don’t seem to tolerate much in the way of intrusion on their “patch” by anything remotely perceived as threatening. Raptors and other corvids are given short shrift as the hoodies work in tandem to see them off…..

Awesome peregrine falcon photograph

Peregrine Falcon by Neil O'Reilly via Flickr

Check out this AMAZING Peregrine Falcon photograph posted to the Ireland’s Wildlife group on Flickr by Neil O’Reilly. A more than worthy shot to kick off our regular Wednesday “Wildlife Photograph of the Week” slot. Photograph  All rights reserved by Neil O’Reilly If you’d like to see one of your photographs featured in….

Wildlife Photographer of the Year results announced

Squabbling Jays by Finnish 9-year-old Liina Heikkinen, runner up in the Under 10s category

The results of the prestigious Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition were announced during the week. First prize went to Canadian photographer Paul Nicklen who braved the frigid waters of Antarctica and hunting leopard seals to capture this sensational shot of Emperor Penguins returning to the ice to feed their….

Winners of British Wildlife Photography Awards announced

“Gannet Jacuzzi” by British Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012, Dr Matt Doggett

“Gannet Jacuzzi” — Overall winner of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2012 As we wait with bated breath for the results of the “Irish Wildlife Photography Award 2012”, run by the Irish Wildlilfe Trust, results of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2012 were announced yesterday, complete with a stunning  portfolio….

A stroll along the strand

Sanderling, Long Strand

An evening walk on the beach is one of the real high points of Autumn. In this part of West Cork we’re spoilt for choice with some stunning beaches within striking distance of the house… but more often than not we pick Long Strand at Castlefreke near Clonakilty for an….

West Cork fin whales as they should be seen

Fin whale surfacing off the West Cork coast

  After the traumatic events and harrowing images of the  last few days I thought I’d post a few photographs of  healthy fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) off the West Cork coast. This is how they look at their best:  

A Year in Cuskinny Marsh, 2012 Calendar Launch

Rónán McLaughlin is a keen birder, photographer, wildlife enthusiast and regular contributor to the Ireland’s Wildlife community on Facebook. Originally from Donegal, but now based in Cobh, Co. Cork, Rónán is launching a calendar the end of this week documenting a year in the life of the nearby Cuskinny Marsh….