Saltee Islands

A trip to the Saltee Islands

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The Saltee Islands, consisting of the Great and Little Saltee, are situated approximately 5 kilometers off the coast of Kilmore Quay Co.Wexford Ireland. The larger island Great Saltee is one of the world’s major bird sanctuaries. The Saltees are a real haven for sea birds, nurturing an impressive array of birds, from gannets and gulls to puffins.

For me this was a new challenge as I’m not a birdwatcher (twitcher) at all, but I loved every minute of it. Thanks Antoinette for organising this and Fergus for bringing me there, I certainly would like to this again.

A boat brings you from Kilmore Quay Harbour and before you reach the Great Saltee, you have to change to a rubber boat that will bring you to a small beach. Click on the link below to watch the video showing bits of the journey.

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For this outing I decided to bring my Nikon D7100 crop instead of the D750 full frame, in combination with my Sigma 70-200 lens. With the D7100,  the zoom is increased to 300mm.  The rest of the zoom was achieved by moving in as close as possible. For some overview shots I used a Tokina 11 mm.

I concentrated on two types of birds, the lovely puffins and the majestic gannets. As you might expect, they were both on each side of the island, so there was some walking involved as well.

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Woodstown

Woodstown

After 9 weeks lockdown due to Covid-19, I was delighted that I could finally set my alarm to go to Woodstown, not too far from where I live. The tide and sunrise matched perfectly for some early morning pictures between the oyster beds on Woodstown beach. Great to be out again in the early morning, witness the sunrise and be home again before everyone wakes up. I really missed this and I can’t wait for the lockdown is completely lifted.

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Storm Jorge

Storm Jorge

This year started a bit violently with the three storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge. During the arrival of storm Jorge , I went to Kilfarrasy and to my surprise it didn’t rain at all, what made it a lot easier to shoot the impressive power of the sea. On the beach I met fellow member of the Waterford Camera Club, John Byrne and we were treated with a beautiful sunset as well.

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First outings with WCC

The first outing with the Waterford Camera Club

After moving to Waterford, I joined the Waterford Camera Club. A group of wonderful, talented and inspirational people. I will try to join the group outings as much as possible to share my passion of photography. During the first outing we explored the city for some night photography and some light trails.

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Sea of opportunities

Sea of opportunities

Here we are, settled in Waterford and having a great time with all the beautiful people here. As we visited Waterford so many times the last 18 years, it feels like home. After saying goodbye to photoclub VeluweOOm in the Netherlands, I was happy to join the Waterford Camera Club (WCC) where I received a very warm welcome. A great club with wonderful and very talented people.

In my last post I mentioned how great is was to have those beautiful woods on your doorstep in the Netherlands. The situation here is much different as Ireland is one of the EU countries with the least amount of woods. In return we get stunning coastlines and breathtaking landscapes, it really opens up a sea of new opportunities for me. During the first 2 months I visited the coast a couple of times and I would like to share some of the images with you. Hope you like them. Enjoy.

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