This Spring I am planning another visit to the The Saltees Islands, St. George’s Channel. The Islands consist of the Great and Little Saltee, they are situated approximately 5 kilometers off the coast of Kilmore Quay Co.Wexford.
The larger island Great Saltee is the most famous bird sanctuary in Ireland and is very popular with both day-trippers and birdwatchers alike. These Islands are privately owned and are one of the world’s major bird sanctuaries.
It’s a wonderful visit to make if your into wildlife and Photography or just a wonderful place to spend the day.
The below images were taken last spring.
Saltee Island Gallery
Its the weekend so why not do something like find an island and take some pictures, sit down and draw the landscape or just take in the view and empty your mind.
Nikon D7000, 50mm f1.4 lens
Great black backed Gull,Saltee Islands, County Wexford
Wildlife photography : Nigel Borrington
OK, lets put a bit of wildlife colour into the day….
I took this image on a visit to the Saltee islands, county wexford. This wonderful Black backed gull was guarding her eggs very well indeed . What I cannot get across in the picture is the noise of the islands, with thousands of these birds both on the ground and in the air it is one of the best wildlife experiences you could dream of having on a spring day.
The photograph in my last post is of the Saltee Islands, County wexford. You can only visit the island via boat and mostly with a wildlife group or on days when the boat is booked with a good amount of people. The island is a wildlife paradise and a photographers dream, you can find almost any position on the cliff tops to setup your camera and the birds will just come to you. However moving to find the type or group of bird is advisable.
The Saltee Islands has over 220 species of birds, these included images are of the Great black backed Gull.
“GREAT BLACK BACKED GULL
Great Black backed Gulls are the lords of the seabird colonies. They choose the highest vantage points to build their nests. The adults are unmistakable because of their size, jet black wings and mantle, measuring two and a half feet with a five foot wingspan. The massive bill is yellow with an orange spot on the lower mandible. If an intruder approaches the parents call anxiously and the young birds “freeze” in the dense cover and are hard to locate. The parents also will also make low swoops at the intruders head, however they seldom strike. Great Black backed Gulls breed on the island, and are in abundance all year.”
You can only stay on the island for a day as you have to leave on the last boat, this is to protect the environment of the island as birds nest on almost a hundred percent of the ground area and no camping would be possible.
I got some three hundred usable images from this day so will keep posting images along with some information on the wildlife involved….
Its the weekend so if you can find a place with a view and lose your self in it!!