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    The recent weather has blown a few birds in to the upper Shannon area I'm not used to seeing.

    On our jetty this morning turns up a huge black bird with a white breast. The kids thought it was a penguin! I think it's a Shag. Its certainly got the local Cormorants confused. Its been here for 4 hours now without moving. It looks well fed.

    Will it be able to hunt and eat coarse fish?
    So I walked as day was dawning
    Where small birds sang and leaves were falling
    Where we once watched the row boats landing
    By the broad majestic shannon

    #2
    Stanley, is that you?
    "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

    Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

    Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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      #3
      Haha. I'd say stan has had many shags on his jetty?
      So I walked as day was dawning
      Where small birds sang and leaves were falling
      Where we once watched the row boats landing
      By the broad majestic shannon

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        #4
        Most disappointing thread in a long while
        "Everything good about Ireland can be found in County Cork"....Lonely Planet Guide 2012

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          #5
          Agreed....
          Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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            #6
            Needs pictures
            Nulla semper amicus, servivit mihi, in iniuriam mihi neminem quem non persolvi

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              #7
              Photographs of shags could violate the board rules.
              psychoanalysis is wasted on the Irish; Sigmund Freud

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                #8
                Shag it , thought this would be a distraction for a while

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                  the shag i had on my jetty yesterday
                  So I walked as day was dawning
                  Where small birds sang and leaves were falling
                  Where we once watched the row boats landing
                  By the broad majestic shannon

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                    #10
                    That's a fine-looking bird alright.
                    Tis but a scratch.

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                      #11
                      unfortunately hes gone now. I nearly threw him a kipper i was so concerned I know its a bit sad but i do like birding. Its sad that our modern farming methods mean we dont hear a corncrake much anymore.
                      So I walked as day was dawning
                      Where small birds sang and leaves were falling
                      Where we once watched the row boats landing
                      By the broad majestic shannon

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                        #12
                        Did you ever see the show on RTE called "The Secret Life of the Shannon"? One of the best, most beautifully-shot pieces of nature programming I have ever had the pleasure to watch. If you haven't seen it, you're in for a real treat.
                        Tis but a scratch.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Cougar Moon View Post
                          The recent weather has blown a few birds in to the upper Shannon area I'm not used to seeing.

                          On our jetty this morning turns up a huge black bird with a white breast. The kids thought it was a penguin! I think it's a Shag. Its certainly got the local Cormorants confused. Its been here for 4 hours now without moving. It looks well fed.

                          Will it be able to hunt and eat coarse fish?
                          Where abouts are these birds, a guy I used to work is big into bird watching I wouldn't mind letting him know if something rare is about, though , they probably already know.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Paddy Whac View Post
                            Where abouts are these birds, a guy I used to work is big into bird watching I wouldn't mind letting him know if something rare is about, though , they probably already know.
                            GarryKennedy Co Tipperary.
                            We'll engrave your name in gold, as we did in days of old.
                            Roll along lovely Axel, roll along.

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                              #15
                              Ya. Garrykennedy is a good place so is dromineer. I like it at the end of the auld marina in ballina. I think NAMA have it now. Its pretty dilapidated but at the very end where the river widens into the loch is a fab place. I regularly see kingfishers there. Very peaceful place too.

                              I'll chk that show out chips. I love the shannon.
                              So I walked as day was dawning
                              Where small birds sang and leaves were falling
                              Where we once watched the row boats landing
                              By the broad majestic shannon

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