One cloudy evening on my local beach in Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsula, the tide was high and the water was calm, with no swell or breaking waves and the remnants of light in the sky cast a silvery light on the gently moving Atlantic Ocean.
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These were not gigantic waves, just ordinary everyday waves on the Atlantic Ocean, West Kerry, but I zoomed in close to them to capture the individual character of each one or group. Many were taken from the same spot, and the others were from very nearby, in the Ballinrannig area of Ballyferriter, near Dingle, in the South West of Ireland.
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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.
More pictures of one of the wonders of the west of Ireland. These photos were taken on Cosán na nEighe, a coastal walk next to Clogher Beach, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry. Loads more photos of this area on my website:
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View of Blasket Islands and Dunmore Head from the slip descending to the pier.
Below is a photo of Inis Tuaisceart.
Inis Tuaisceart, AKA The Sleeping Giant, one of the Blasket Island Group, above.
The Blasket Islands from Ballyickeen Commons, Dunquin.
Great Blasket Island.
Blasket Islands, from Ballyickeen.
The Tiaracht, one of the Blasket Island Group.
The Blasket Islands from The Clasach, Dunquin.
The links below will take you to my previous posts about the Blasket Islands.
Great Blasket Island – Photographs, Comments, Stories (Part 1)
Great Blasket Island – Photographs, Comments, Stories (Part 2)
Great Blasket Island, Part 3
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