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Old Friday 22nd July 2005, 12:04   #1
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RFI County Kerry in August

Hi everyone,

I'll be on holiday on the south side of the Kenmare river in County Kerry (Ireland) for the middle two weeks of August, but haven't been able to find much relevant birding info on the net or elsewhere - can anybody on BF help me out, please?

In particular, I'm interested in seawatching sites in the vicinity, having never seen either of the big shearwaters... where's the nearest good spot, and what are the optimum conditions (will just any peninsula in SW'lies do the job?)

Any general info about birding in Kerry would be much appreciated as well.

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Old Monday 1st August 2005, 19:45   #2
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OK, I'm going on Friday, so I'll give this one more bump up the list, and then give up!

It'd be the first time BF has failed to provide any response to a request :(
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Old Monday 1st August 2005, 23:25   #3
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G'day David

My wife and I were there in June for a couple of days. Take a boat trip out to the Skellig Islands and you will see lots of seabirds. Lots of boats leave around 1000 each day (weather permitting) from Portmagee.

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OK, I'm going on Friday, so I'll give this one more bump up the list, and then give up!

It'd be the first time BF has failed to provide any response to a request :(
Perhaps all the Irish birders have found a rarity?

The following link may prove useful, have a good trip.

http://www.camacdonald.com/birding/ukireland.htm
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Hi David,
While I do most of my seawatching from Galley Head (here in Co.Cork), I know that Brandon Head (on the Dingle peninsula) can be very good in NW winds, or also westerlies. I personally ticked both large shearwaters from there in August 1999, and conditions were't ideal that day. The site has also had Fea's Petrel (2 or more), Little Shearwater (a few) and a claim of Bulwer's Petrel, and Wilson's Storm-petrel is regular there in the right conditions.
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Hi David,
While I do most of my seawatching from Galley Head (here in Co.Cork), I know that Brandon Head (on the Dingle peninsula) can be very good in NW winds, or also westerlies. I personally ticked both large shearwaters from there in August 1999, and conditions were't ideal that day. The site has also had Fea's Petrel (2 or more), Little Shearwater (a few) and a claim of Bulwer's Petrel, and Wilson's Storm-petrel is regular there in the right conditions.
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Cheers, Harry...

Given there were over 4000 Cory's and 150 Great past Brandon yesterday, I'm quite looking forward to the next two weeks!
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