OCTOBER EVENING

Evening photos on my local beach, Béal Bán, Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsula, in the South West of Ireland.

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Thank you for looking at my photos. I have many more photos of the Dingle Peninsula on my website:

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c25–photos-of-dingle-peninsula

 

 

 

 

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EVEN THE BIRDS LIKE TO PLAY

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On a recent beach walk I came upon these gulls appearing to play a little game on the water.  I was fascinated by their behaviour as I had never noticed anything quite like it before. The water was  fairly calm with occasional gentle waves rising and breaking on the shore. They sat on the water with their backs to the waves waiting for the wave to break, whereupon they flew up in the air and then immediately dropped after the wave had broken and passed on.  They repeated this several times as I watched them.

They could have positioned themselves further back where they would rise and fall gently on the waves, but they seemed to prefer to be at the precise position where the waves broke.

To adopt a more logical view, they may have been intending to catch some little fish in the breaking wave.  That’s what I originally thought they would be doing, but they appeared to be making no attempt to dive into the water.

Either a bad fishing day – no fish, or they really were just playing and enjoying the heatwave at the time.

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GANNET IN DISTRESS – read below

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On a recent beach walk on Béal Bán Beach, Ballyferriter, near Dingle, I came upon this beautiful gannet. It’s not often I have an opportunity to get this close to a gannet. This bird was struggling to pull a piece of rope which appeared to have something heavy on the end of it. I watched it struggle up from the water, pulling its object up the beach. I stupidly thought she was doing this by choice, and that she may have some purpose in mind, for her piece of treasure. I took several photos, not wishing to get too close and scare her away.

Another passer-by, who was more enlightened than myself saw the bird’s distress and stopped to free her from the rope, which was apparently stuck to her beak. She must have become entangled with it when she was diving for food.

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Having been set free, one might expect that she would fly away, but that didn’t happen. I can only guess that she must have been exhausted. She seemed unconcerned about me getting closer, taking more photos, and made no attempt to get away. I left her there, just standing on the middle of the beach. It was a sad sight. There was nothing more that anyone could do. I don’t know what happened to her; I hope she managed to fly away as the tide came in some hours later.

So, my reason for writing this post – just to make people think more carefully about what they throw into the sea, or leave on the beach for the tide to claim. Thousands of birds and other creatures suffer and die unnecessarily because of human carelessness.

Please visit my website for more animal and bird photos.

http://www.helene-brennan.com/c101-animals-and-birds-photos