Thanks to the National Parks and Wildlife service we can now follow the intrigues and antics of the white-tailed eagle pair nesting in Glengarriff Co. Cork live via their very own nestcam.Part of a reintroduction programme for the species that began in 2007, the adult eagles (male Blue W and female Black P) have successfully hatched a chick over recent days and it's a … [Read more...] about Live White-tailed Eagle Webcam
Have you ever wanted a sneak peak into the lives of birds on or around the nest?The advent of live web streaming means that it's now possible to keep a close eye on the nesting efforts of your favourite birds without the risk of disturbance. Thanks to live web cameras set up by organisations under licence from the relevant authorities, live web cameras mean we can also get … [Read more...] about Live wildlife webcams from CJ Wildlife
When it comes to the stars of the wildlife world humpback whales are definite A-listers, and like all stars they occasionally steal the limelight. This priceless moment, captured on a whale-watching trip off Hervey Bay in Australia, shows the moment a humpback spectacularly photo-bombed a Dublin couple's holiday snap.Seeing a whale in the wild is up there on the … [Read more...] about Humpback whale photo-bombs Dublin couple’s holiday snap
The BBC Natural History Unit is widely acknowledged as the best wildlife film-making department in the world. We've all seen the amazing footage they capture while creating some of the most iconic wildlife programmes ever made.But of course those shots demand professional cameramen and some of the most expensive high-tech video gadgetry on the market... or do they?Not … [Read more...] about Fantastic tips on wildlife film-making with your smartphone from the BBC
We just had to share this captivating video of the puffins on Skellig Michael, Co. Kerry. shot in June of this year by Peter Cutler for Crow Crag Productions.You've got to love puffins -- they have a comical charisma all of their own, although, truth be told I personally have a soft spot for razorbills.Enjoy!Puffins from Crow Crag on Vimeo. … [Read more...] about The puffins of Skellig Michael by Crow Crag productions
The BBC and National Geographic have gizmos like "Turtle Cam", featuring cutting edge remote filming technology. Here at Ireland's Wildlife we have a camera strapped to a broom.It works better than you might think. Check out the video below of a young minke whale visiting the Cork Whale Watch vessel The Holly Jo on a recent trip. As the whale approached and began circling … [Read more...] about Underwater whale footage… with broom-cam!
Given clear views on the ground adult crow species generally present few ID problems... but throw juveniles into the mix, and birds in flight at distance, and they become surprisingly tricky.There are clues you can use to identify crows accurately even in these situations. In this video the BTO run through the common crow species -- all of which breed here in Ireland, with … [Read more...] about Know your crows — how to identify corvids with the BTO
Andrew Power and Peter Cutler produced this fabulous documentary offering insight into the Little Tern breeding colony at Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow, and the ongoing efforts to protect them.Little terns are Ireland's smallest tern species, and one of our rarest breeding seabirds. The colony in Kilkoole is Ireland's largest. For more information check out the excellent Kilcoole … [Read more...] about Kilcoole Little Tern Conservation Project: a video documentary
The BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) has produced a superb series of bird ID videos to help birders tell commonly confused species apart. The latest instalment in the series tackles the differences between black redstart and the rarer (in Ireland) common redstart.The most likely time to encounter either of these birds in Ireland is on passage during spring and autumn … [Read more...] about Bird Identification: telling black redstart and common redstart apart
Every winter our resident blackbirds, song thrushes and mistle thrushes are joined by an influx of visiting northern European thrushes: fieldfare and redwing.The birds usually start to arrive from late September / early October, and stay until early March... with some lingering a little later.Redwing are songthrush sized, and are possible to confuse with song thrush if … [Read more...] about Know your Winter Thrushes: Fieldfare and Redwing ID from the BTO
I stumbled across this video on Twitter yesterday. It offers a bit of insight into the manufacture of high end binoculars and optics for birding and nature watching from the perspective of a pair of Swarovski Optik's flagship binoculars -- the EL Swarovision range.While this is a Swarovski video, I'm sure there are parallels with all of the leading optics manufacturers … [Read more...] about How do they make high-end binoculars?
OK – so we all know that peregrine falcons are awesome predators, and that in a stoop they are the fastest living thing on earth. But just how fast is fast… and what exactly does a stooping peregrine look like up close and personal, in slow motion? One US scientist took a novel approach to finding out. He jumped out of a plane and went into freefall with a lure and a trained … [Read more...] about Skydiving with a peregrine–awesome video from National Geographic
An evening canoe trip on the Shannon recently turned into a phenomenal wildlife encounter of epic proportions for Sophie Windsor Clive and her paddling partner Liberty Smith. The duo witnessed one of the most awe-inspiring sights Ireland’s wildlife has to offer… and caught it on camera. Some of you may have seen this video featured on social media sites, but it is absolutely … [Read more...] about Murmuration: jaw-dropping video of starlings on the wing
“To eradicate a species once is regrettable, but to allow it to disappear for a second time is simply irresponsible.”Those are the words of John Murphy, Wildlife Expert and Director of Waxwing Wildlife Productions talking about our native Irish red squirrel. Decimated by habitat destruction and persecution, the red squirrel only survives in Ireland today, says Mr Murphy, … [Read more...] about Dying Out: Irish species on the brink of extinction
A few weeks ago an osprey making its way south for the winter decided to stop off for a few days at White’s Marsh near Clonakilty. It’s only 15 minutes up the road and the chance of seeing my first osprey in Ireland was too much to miss. So bright and early one Sunday morning in late August I headed for Clonakilty, and duly bagged me an Irish osprey. Fantastic stuff. There … [Read more...] about Green Sandpiper V Wood Sandpiper: how to tell the difference
I just spotted this shared on the Birdwatch Ireland page on Facebook, and thought that I simply had to share it here. Flocking starlings are amazing enough… but flocking starlings reacting to a peregrine falcon attack… wow! If you don’t already, don’t forget to “Like” Birdwatch Ireland on Facebook and follow @birdwatchie on twitter for great content, bird related discussion … [Read more...] about Peregrine stooping on flock of starlings!
Cornish surfer Mickey Smith hit national television in the UK last week when his short film Dark Side of the Lens featured on the incredibly popular Springwatch series. It struck me straight away that a lot of the coastline looked like the Atlantic coast of Ireland – and I found out later that much of the footage featured in the short film was shot here, and that Mickey … [Read more...] about Nature doesn’t get any wilder than this… and it was filmed in Ireland
There’s some amazing footage of wildlife available online… some of it truly jaw dropping. This BBC footage from the woodland edition of “The Animal’s Guide to Britain” falls into that category.It shows the staggering manoeuvrability of a stunning northern goshawk. No wonder these birds are supreme woodland hunters when they can move like this.According information … [Read more...] about Gobsmacking goshawk manoeuvrability put to the test