Friday, 25 March 2011

Low Tide = Birds

The tide was exceptionally low in the river yesterday. I was able to get a good bird's eye view of this mallard and her mate on  a bank just below the bridge.

I was nearly at Frank Sherwin bridge, keeping an eye out for the heron (not there!) when I spotted a glimpse of colour across on the far side of the river. I've never seen a Mandarin Duck in the Liffey before. I do believe that once when I was little we saw them in Stephen's Green, and I hear they are there now - I'll have to take a trip southside and have a look. He was with a hen mandarin, but I couldn't get a good photo of her. I really need a longer zoom or a converter...

I was lucky enough to see, but not lucky enough to get a good photo, a swan flying up the river just level with my face.


  1. You have the most wonderful assortment of ducks. The mallards feathers are gorgeous, but the mandarin, well they look so sporty, yet somehow formal too. And the beards! I always find myself saying "come back, come back" when I miss a good flying shot. Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever gotten one, but they sure are beautiful to watch. (PS - yes, you guessed where the banner is going.)

  2. What a wonderful series of pictures! You are so talented with that camera girlfriend! How sweet the little birdie in your banner is too....

    Reminds me of some birdies my friend and I saw shopping last fat and happy looking! Wonderful pictures Sabrina!