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  • Weird | Writing, life and other animals
    the kids who have paid for their tickets then I don t really see why you should have to pay for the privilege Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 13 26 Tagged with evening echo goat halloween Lisselan Estate West Cork Recognised from my Twitter pic family Photo Blog Photography social media Weird Whimsy 1 Response Aug 11 2009 So there I was on a remote West Cork headland chucking a line into the water on the off chance of picking up a couple of passing mackerel On the nearby pebbly beach the rest of the family were waiting eagerly for the barbecue to heat up View Great spots in West Cork in a larger map Showing an insensitive but I have to admit well founded lack of faith in my fishing prowess our friends had brought along some fresh mackerel just in case We d also packed a supply of emergency sausages so we wouldn t go hungry The fish weren t biting so I decided to switch the mackerel lures for a spinner and try my luck at that As I turned I saw two people looking out to sea obviously scouting the location for some reason One of them asked if I d caught anything which was fair enough The other asked Is your name Calvin Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 16 35 Tagged with curious Fishing Photography Roger Overall strange Summer Twitter West Cork Irish Potato Recipe Classic Smoked Reindeer Stew Comment Food Rant Weird Whimsy 4 Responses Jul 26 2008 The new lawn out front was looking a bit patchy so I called in to our local co op this afternoon to pick up some grass seed They put the seed into a potato bag see photo below Front of the Potato Bag Nothing

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  • Curious | Writing, life and other animals
    chance of picking up a couple of passing mackerel On the nearby pebbly beach the rest of the family were waiting eagerly for the barbecue to heat up View Great spots in West Cork in a larger map Showing an insensitive but I have to admit well founded lack of faith in my fishing prowess our friends had brought along some fresh mackerel just in case We d also packed a supply of emergency sausages so we wouldn t go hungry The fish weren t biting so I decided to switch the mackerel lures for a spinner and try my luck at that As I turned I saw two people looking out to sea obviously scouting the location for some reason One of them asked if I d caught anything which was fair enough The other asked Is your name Calvin Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 16 35 Tagged with curious Fishing Photography Roger Overall strange Summer Twitter West Cork Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin s writing on Ireland s leading Wildlife and Nature blog Ireland s Wildlife on Facebook Recent Posts Empire it

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  • Grey Heron (Ardea cinera) on the wing | Writing, life and other animals
    stopped and lowered the car window this one moved quickly away and then took flight This image is cropped from the full frame handy having 12MP to play with The shot I m really after is a perfect reflection of a hunting heron in glass calm water but it s proving a tricky endeavour In the meantime I quite like this shot Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 17 02 Tagged with Grey Heron Photography Union Hall West Cork Wildlife Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Name required E mail required URI Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email Plenty of cheap photo storage options at PixMania Recognised from my Twitter pic Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin

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  • Grey Heron | Writing, life and other animals
    the wing Animals Photo Blog Photography Wildlife No Responses Jul 29 2009 Shot from the car window in Union Hall This fellow was feeding in the lagoon For such big birds up to 1 metre in height with a wingspan pushing 2 metres they re incredibly nervous and skittish As I stopped and lowered the car window this one moved quickly away and then took flight This image is cropped from the full frame handy having 12MP to play with The shot I m really after is a perfect reflection of a hunting heron in glass calm water but it s proving a tricky endeavour In the meantime I quite like this shot Posted by Calvin at 17 02 Tagged with Grey Heron Photography Union Hall West Cork Wildlife Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed reader Now blogging about Ireland s Wildlife and Nature Read Calvin s writing on Ireland s leading Wildlife and Nature blog Ireland s Wildlife on Facebook Recent Posts Empire it s finally out there Ireland s Wildlife sails past 4 000 likes on Facebook Web content help limited time offer Web Content Review Here comes the rain again West Cork Summer Unlimited

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  • Courtmacsherry fin whale autopsy review | Writing, life and other animals
    a little on the grizzly side This week it was the turn of the whale As we d all been up to see the unfortunate whale the day it died the girls were incredibly excited to see the programme But I have to say that despite being very interesting and revealing some astonishing facts conducting the autopsy in the field while battling the tides and the worst of the Irish winter took the edge off the operation The elephant in the controlled environment of London s Royal Veterinary College had been an exercise in clinical precision The whale in contrast was a race against the elements a race that meant things we could have seen we didn t get to see or at least didn t get to see as clearly as we might have The girls were thrilled to watch the dissection of the whale that they d seen lying on the beach but for me the programme itself wasn t as engaging and informative as the elephant one the week before Next week it s back to the Royal Veterinary College where the subject going under the knife is a crocodile Should be revealing Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 17 06 Tagged with channel 4 Fin Whale inside natures giants Reviews Wildlife Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Name required E mail required URI Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts

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  • A very big adventure: fin whale Courtmacsherry | Writing, life and other animals
    rapidly receding tide Why such an intelligent marine mammal with one of natures most sophisticated navigation systems at its disposal entered the shallow waters of the estuary we may never know but experts from the IWDG speculate that as in the vast majority of live stranding cases this animal a young adult was probably injured or sick before it ventured inshore As twilight descended over Courtmacsherry bay we made our way across the channel out onto the sandbank where the whale s body lay Why did he die the little one asked from her perch up on my shoulders her voice full of curiosity and wonder I explained that we didn t know yet but that the whale experts were doing some tests to find out as much as they could about the whale including why it died The twins were equally enthralled as we approached the gargantuan carcass It was unbelievably big Fin whales are regular visitors to the waters off West Cork and I ve seen them from boats a number of times sometimes cruising very close alongside but nothing prepares you for the sheer bulk of the creature when you see it s entire body out of the water It was truly a spectacular if sobering site All around people were taking photographs walking around the body of the whale and generally taking advantage of this unique opportunity to get up close to one of natures most astonishing spectacles I was delighted to see parents bringing their children along to see the whale The youngsters were full of wonder awe and respect for the magnificent creature before them their voices filled with curiosity and a genuine desire to know more about the great animal before them It was heartening to see in a world where there s generally a disturbing disconnect between children and the natural world around them Of course the whale s death was unfortunate but it is highly likely it was dying before it beached itself The IWDG NPWS and a US specialist flown in by National Geographic no less performed a post mortem on the whale two days after it died Information from that post mortem will perhaps reveal the animal s cause of death offer insight into why it beached itself and inform the overall scientific record of this magnificent species The fact that it came inshore to die also gave hundreds if not thousands of people in County Cork a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the sheer scale and majesty of this amazing creatures for themselves Many of those people were children and if the experience inspires just a few of them to learn more about wildlife and to engage with the natural world around them then that s something extremely positive Technorati Tags Evening Echo column fin whale courtmacsherry Ireland wildlife whale stranding Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share

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  • Channel 4 | Writing, life and other animals
    Veterinary College had been an exercise in clinical precision The whale in contrast was a race against the elements a race that meant things we could have seen we didn t get to see or at least didn t get to see as clearly as we might have The girls were thrilled to watch the dissection of the whale that they d seen lying on the beach but for me the programme itself wasn t as engaging and informative as the elephant one the week before Next week it s back to the Royal Veterinary College where the subject going under the knife is a crocodile Should be revealing Posted by Calvin at 17 06 Tagged with channel 4 Fin Whale inside natures giants Reviews Wildlife Courtmacsherry fin whale autopsy coming to Channel 4 TV Wildlife 7 Responses Jun 29 2009 Image via Wikipedia I just got this via e mail from Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Apparently the autopsy of the fin whale Balaenoptera physalus that stranded in Courtmacsherry bay in West Cork back in January is going to be shown in a new Channel 4 series called Inside Nature s Giants Here s the e mail text All The post mortem of the fin whale stranded in Courtmacsherry Bay in January 2009 will be shown on Channel 4 in a new series starting this week The programme is entitled Inside Nature s Giants and the four part series covers an Elephant 29 June Fin whale 6 July Crocodile 13 July and Giraffe 20 July All programmes are at 9pm on Channel 4 The IWDG were contacted by Channel 4 the day the whale stranded having picked up the story from our website As we did not know what was going to happen to the

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  • Fin Whale | Writing, life and other animals
    Courtmacsherry Bay West Cork back in January We all watched last week s show in which the team dismembered an elephant in rapt fascination Even the five year old was allowed to stay up and was full of questions that thankfully the programme answered It was amazing if a little on the grizzly side This week it was the turn of the whale As we d all been up to see the unfortunate whale the day it died the girls were incredibly excited to see the programme But I have to say that despite being very interesting and revealing some astonishing facts conducting the autopsy in the field while battling the tides and the worst of the Irish winter took the edge off the operation The elephant in the controlled environment of London s Royal Veterinary College had been an exercise in clinical precision The whale in contrast was a race against the elements a race that meant things we could have seen we didn t get to see or at least didn t get to see as clearly as we might have The girls were thrilled to watch the dissection of the whale that they d seen lying on the beach but for me the programme itself wasn t as engaging and informative as the elephant one the week before Next week it s back to the Royal Veterinary College where the subject going under the knife is a crocodile Should be revealing Posted by Calvin at 17 06 Tagged with channel 4 Fin Whale inside natures giants Reviews Wildlife A very big adventure fin whale Courtmacsherry Animals Evening Echo Column family Parenting Wildlife Writing 1 Response Jan 24 2009 Light was fading as we made our way along the congested roadway We d left the car and decided to proceed on foot which turned out to be a wise decision A few hundred yards further on the road was completely impassable There were cars and people everywhere despite the inclement drizzle Freezing drizzle and driving wind is a perfectly normal part of a West Cork January the cause of all this commotion on this normally quiet stretch of coastal road was anything but normal A fin whale one of the largest animals ever to have lived on earth second only to it s close cousin the blue whale had live stranded in Courtmacsherry estuary earlier that day Early morning reports of a giant whale in the estuary prompted a concerted rescue effort involving the Courtmacsherry lifeboat crew the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group IWDG the National Parks and Wildlife Service NPWS and an army of volunteers But their efforts were to no avail The magnificent creature 19 7 metres c 65 foot long with an estimated weight in excess of 50 tonnes died later that afternoon left behind on a sandbank by the rapidly receding tide Why such an intelligent marine mammal with one of natures most sophisticated navigation systems at its disposal entered the shallow waters of

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