Research trip through Great Britain & Ireland – From Ireland and Northern Ireland to Scotland

I stopped to show some photos at the westcoast of Irleand. So here a last from that site:

Bridges of Ross, Ireland

I drove further, visiting some forests to record Crossbills, heading to Northern Ireland

Coast of Northern Ireland

I stopped at the “Giants Causeway”, a well known tourist attraction. People from all over the world walked along the coast to see the black edged pillars of basalt:

Pillars of basalt
'Giants Causeway'
‘Giants Causeway’ during sunset

Not far from this site, there is a beautiful coastline, many isles lying next to each other, some are just a small rock, some bigger

Coast of Northern Ireland

As there are still just few forests in Ireland and Northern Ireland, it was time to leave, heading to Scotland where much work was waiting for me. But before I went on the ferry boat, I stopped a last time for a very special bird: the Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii).

A Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii) on the right next to a Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) on the left

This Tern got very rare in Europe. There are just few sites left, where it is possible to watch it. Luckily I could watch twelf birds, adults and juveniles, quite close.

You finally think, I was just there to take photos and didn’t work? No! Actually I had only time for photography when it was too windy or the activity of the birds was low. Means, I had especially spare time long before sunrise, after sunset and when weather conditions were bad…

When I arrived in Scotland, weather conditions had been perfect to work, so I had no possibility to take a single photo in the following weeks. About two weeks later, i finally realized a photo to show what I actually done there.

Me recording in the scottish forests

This looks like relaxed work? Actually it was most time some kind of survival training, following the birds, running through thickets, jumping over ditches.

While following crossbills into a forest, I discovered a site with beautiful dead pines. I envisioned a photo of the trees during night. Some days later, I had the possibility to realize it and here is the result:

Dead Scot’s Pines (Pinus sylvestris) in the Scottish highlands

Well, I showed enough for today! Here a last view over the Cairngorms during sunrise. In the lower areas are the forests with crossbills.

View over the Cairngorms




Research trip through Great Britain & Ireland – Ireland

Here I show some further photos from the last weeks. The weather was not that pleasant in Wales – always windy and rainy.

Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) at the shore of a lake in Wales
Stream in the northern part of Wales

Then I went to Ireland. Luckily, the sea was very calm while the ferry passage and it was possible to get some shots of a very special bird species:

Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus). These amazing birds stay all their life on the sea. They come just to the land for breeding and then just during the night. They are the ‘albatrosses’ of the northern hemisphere.

In Ireland again just one day with really pleasant weather.

Flowering heathland in Wicklow National Park

When I arrived in western Ireland a little storm started and it was too much wind to work in the forests for two days. So I could stay at the bridges of Ross, had the chance to meet nice people and enjoy the beautiful landscape.

Stormy morning at the bridges of Ross, Ireland
Sunrise at the bridges of Ross
The swallen sea
Research trip through Great Britain & Ireland – Ireland

Research trip through Great Britain & Ireland

Wow – the summer is over and I haven’t written anything. Well, it has been a busy time. I am on a research trip in Great Britain and Ireland – trying to record the calls of Common Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) for my PhD.

Common Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) drinking at a puddle
Three Common Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) drinking at a puddle

There is very few time to photograph. I have taken almost no photos, just a few of landscape. Nevertheless, here are some of them:

I got up very early every morning and had the chance to see many sunrises and sunsets. This is a sunrise in southern England
Here bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) photographed during sunset
Forest in southern England in the evening
Fellow Deer (Dama dama) early in the morning
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) in Cornwall
Cornwall's coast during sunset
Some spare time thanks to strong wind: Cornwall’s coast during sunset






Research trip through Great Britain & Ireland

Catalonian Coast

Once again I present some photos of a distant place: They were taken at the rocky coast of Catalonia in the end of January last year.

Coast of Catalonia during a short rain break

Conditions have been very difficult. Thanks to the tide, there is just a small time window when the water level is optimal to take photos. However the rain was coming down in sheets almost all the time – impossible to photograph thanks to all the waterdrops on the lens. Completeley soaked, a filter dropped down into a wave and was gone at once and finally few waves of seawater swashed into my shoes – it was ‘particular’ fun to take these photos.

I hope it was worthwhile and you like them!

Coast of Catalonia
Coast of Catalonia
Catalonian Coast