Birding Mount Makiling, IRRI and other Philippine locations
Saturday, July 2, 2011
27th June - 2nd July - Dingle Peninsula
A very enjoyable week in a beautiful part of Ireland. The countryside is very rocky, with bracken-choked gullies, grassy slopes dotted with sheep, and rocky crags. Ideal Wheatear habitat! Lots of them about, as well as scattered pockets of Ravens, Chough, Rock Pipits etc. Offshore Manx Shearwaters abounded, as well as Gannet, Fulmar and all the usual Auks and Cormorants. I spent a frustrating couple of days looking for Dipper, which were unaccountably hard to locate, though I did succeed in the end.
Gulls were plentiful, but mostly Herring Gull and Great Black-backed, with a few Common Gull on the northern side of Dingle Peninsula.
Wheatear. Very common in the hilly areas
Raven. Very impressive...
Dipper. Surprisingly hard to find, considering their status in Ireland...