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.

This video says about itself:

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.

Irish anti-torture flight protesters arrested

This video from Ireland says about itself:

Protest against the use of Shannon Airport by the CIA and US military 10-7-2011

Organised by the human rights activist group Shannonwatch, today’s protest at Shannon Airport was notable for the excessive numbers of Garda and Special Branch operatives oppressively policing and harrassing the peaceful attendees — a ratio of more than two to one counting the guards on the side road and buzzing police cars and the Special Branch unmarked car. Shortly before the start of the protest Gardai set up a checkpoint close to the roundabout where the protest is always held and in the space of thirty minutes the only vehicle pulled to the side of the road for inspection was John Lannon’s, coordinator of Shannonwatch.

Directly after the protest, Fred Johnston, a Shannonwatch activist from Galway was similarly pulled to the side of the road in his car where his valid vehicle insurance documentation and accompanying pet dog; Tristan, were spuriously taken exception to – as John Lannon remarked; “There has been a more determined effort to impede peaceful opposition to Shannon Airport’s role in U.S. military and CIA operations since the present government and Minister for Justice took office”. Shannonwatch object to the continued misuse of a civilian airport, under the blind eye of a complicit government, as a transit stop for CIA torture flights and US troops transiting to America’s imperial wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Ireland: US military flights protesters arrested at Shannon airport

Thursday 26th May 2016

TWO Irish peace campaigners were arrested yesterday morning after protesting on the main runway at Shannon airport against US military flights from there.

Dave Donnellan and Colm Roddy walked into the airside zone at dawn, carrying the Irish flag and a banner, before painting red crosses on the runway in remembrance of US-led wars in the Middle East.

They were not detected until they approached a US government-owned Learjet and a Boeing 757 parked by the disused runway 11, half a mile away.

As they walked past the two planes, soldiers in an Irish army vehicle spotted them and alerted nearby Garda officers in a patrol car, who in turn called the airport police to arrest the pair.

The BBC’s Newsnight programme, the New York Times and Amnesty International alleged in 2005 that Shannon airport had been used for dozens of “rendition” flights of prisoners to third countries.

Jupiter collision with comet or asteroid, video

This video, recorded in Ireland, says about itself:

Jupiter Collision! Impact Burst Captured By Amateur Astronomer

29 March 2016

John McKeon captured an impact on the gas giant on March 17th, 2016 (00:18:45 UT). The video was snapped using an 11″ SCT with an ASI120mm camera and Ir-pass 742nm filter. It was most likely an asteroid or comet colliding with Jupiter. — Full story here.

Credit: John McKeon / Edited by

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