Small-spotted catshark swimming off Ireland


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[Small-spotted] Catshark swimming in Howth Harbour in Dublin, Ireland

29 August 2016

[Small-spotted] catshark is a species of shark that can be seen in the sea and ocean that surrounds Ireland and the Northeast Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The catshark is a predatory shark and it likes to hunt and eat a variety of aquatic creatures. This catshark found its way out off the Irish Sea and into Howth Harbour in Dublin, Ireland. It found a great place to hunt and catch fish when it gets hungry, a predatory shark like this will have no problem catching fish in Howth Harbour.

Dog saves duckling from magpie attack, video


This video from Ireland says about itself:

11 August 2016

A dog saves a [mallard] duckling from an attacking bird and it did not realize that it was saving the duckling’s life. The dog saw the duckling being chased by the bird through a public park and it ran over to investigate what was going on. The dog frightened the attacking bird away and the duckling ran and jumped into the park pond.

The duckling found itself alone when the mother duck took all her ducklings out of the pond to forage in the grass that surrounds the pond. Her ducklings hatched from their eggs a few days ago and were still very small and vulnerable to attacks from the predatory birds that lived in the park, ducklings are prey animals that many predators will attack and eat.

The ducklings had learned how to swim on the water and they were now learning how to walk on the land by following the mother duck as she foraged and encouraged her baby ducks to forage too.

But a predatory bird was watching the mother duck and her babies as they walked around the park searching for food and when one of the ducklings stopped following the mother duck the bird got ready to catch and eat the duckling. The duckling could not keep up with the mother duck and its siblings and had fallen too far behind its mother and the other ducklings and was now alone and unprotected by the mother duck, the mother duck was not aware that one of her babies had become separated from her.

The bird began its attack by running after the duckling through the grass and when it caught up with the duckling it attacked it by pecking at it with its sharp beak, the bird had become aware of the dog that was a short distance away and became more cautious as it attacked the duckling.

… The duckling ran too and jumped back into the pond and swam away to a safe place, it would later rejoin its mother and all the other baby ducks on the pond. The dog had saved the duckling’s life but the dog did not know that its actions were saving the duckling from being caught and eaten by the hungry predatory bird. The duckling never knew that its life had been saved by a dog.

This video from Ireland says about itself:

18 August 2016

A duckling falls asleep on a windy day on top of the mother duck’s back, but then the wind blows and the duckling is blown off its mother’s back and it rolls down a rocky hill. The baby ducks hatched out of their eggs less than a week ago and were still very small and light and were easily blown over by the wind. Every day the ducklings would follow the mother duck around searching for food by walking on the land or swimming in the water. Several times a day the mother duck and the ducklings would take a rest from foraging and fall asleep if they could not stay awake. The ducklings would fall asleep next to and on top of their mother’s back. But sometimes the wind would blow and a duckling would be blown off its mother’s back by the wind.

Irish kestrel hovers, video


This video from Ireland says about itself:

6 August 2016

A kestrel is a bird of prey and a species of falcon that hovers high above the ground as it searches for prey below. It has a hooked bill for eating meat and sharp talons for holding prey and tearing into flesh. Kestrel are carnivorous predatory birds also known as raptors.

Kestrels hunt by hovering high in the air, usually between 35 and 65 feet (10-20 meters) either by flying into the wind or by soaring using ridge lift, they are also known as windhover. When a kestrel spots its prey on the ground it will swoop down from high above and catch the prey with its sharp talons.

Kestrels can see in ultraviolet and are able to spot the urinary trails left by rodents as they come and go from their burrows. The kestrel’s diet is usually small mammals but they will also eat reptiles and insects, invertebrates and sometimes other birds. Kestrels have a brownish plumage and they are small birds of prey. Kestrels are also known as the common kestrel and measure 32–39 cm (13–15 in) from head to tail, with a wingspan of 65–82 cm (26–32 in). Females are larger, with the adult male weighing 136–252 g (4.8–8.9 oz), around 155 g (5.5 oz) on average; the adult female weighs 154–314 g (5.4–11.1 oz), around 184 g (6.5 oz) on average. The common kestrel is also known as the European kestrel, Eurasian kestrel, or Old World kestrel. Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus.

Irish, Dutch grey herons catch rats


This video, from Pijnacker in the Netherlands, shows a grey heron catching a rat.

This is another video from Ireland. It says about itself:

2 August 2016

[Grey] Herons are predatory birds that like to catch and eat rats throughout the day and night when they are hungry, this is amazing feeding behaviour from these birds. Herons hunt and catch and eat rats and other small rodents throughout the day and night as part of the heron’s daily diet. A heron will look closely at the foliage that rats like to forage in and when it spots their movements, the heron will then stand motionless as it watches the rats foraging, its neck then begins to move from side to side as the heron determines the best time to strike with its sharp bill.

Common roach fish in Ireland, video


This video from Ireland says about itself:

8 July 2016

Common roach fish in freshwater

Common roach are small fish with an average size of 35cm, but some of them grow a bit more with a length of between 45-50cm. The common roach has red fins and a bluish silvery body with a white belly. The common roach has a big red spot in the iris and above and beside the pupil. The common roach lives in freshwater but also brackish water.

The common roach eats plant material and benthic invertebrates and also plankton. The common roach are native to most of Europe and western Asia. The common roach inhabit rivers, ponds and lakes and man-made canals. The common roach belong to the Cyprinidae family.

Ireland beats Italy, joins 16 best teams


This 23 June 2016 football video says about itselfis called Irish Fans Celebrate Brady’s Goal LIVE in the stadium | Ireland vs Italy 1-0 | Euro 2016.

The Irish team now joins the 16 best team. They will now play against France.

To celebrate, a bird video from Ireland.

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Some Irish Garden Birds

Here are a few birds that I filmed in my garden in County Clare in March 2008 while learning to use a Canon video camera on a tripod.