Saltee islands
Gannet and Chick

Gannet and Chick

19th August  2012

Gannet Colony on Saltee Island great.

The breeding season is over now, and the chicks which I saw in June are now big and fat and fluffy.

Most of the seabirds have now departed , having come here to breed in mid-May.

Saltee Islands, off the coast of Wexford, St Georges Channel, Ireland.

The Saltee Islands, consisting of the Great and Little Saltee, St Georges Channel are situated approximately 5 kilometres of the coast of Kilmore Quay County Wexford.  The larger island Great Saltee is the most famous bird sanctuary in Ireland, and are one of the worlds major bird sanctuaries.  The Saltees are a haven for seabirds nurturing an impressive array of birds , from gannets and gulls to puffins and manx shearwaters, razorbills and cormorants.

The islands are among the ancient islands of Europe, based on pre-cambrian bedrock i.e. between 600 and 2000 million years old.  There is archaelogical evidence that Neolithic man settled there, and traces of religious settlements exist.  There is also evidence of buccaneering and smuggling.  A flourishing period in the history of the islands was from about 1500-1800 when they were a base for pirates, wreckers and smugglers.

One of the most spectacular sights on the Saltees in mid-summer are the sea bird colonies on the cliffs to the northeast of the gannet headland.  Vast numbers of seabirds pack the ledges and create a frightful incessant din which abates only a small bit at night time.

The islands are privately owned by the Neale family since 1943, but permission is not needed to visit Great Saltee island.

See the full set of photos here :

 

Camera Lens Focal Length Shutter speed Iso Aperture Additional details
Canon 50D Canon 70-200mm
200mm
1/5000
200
f2.8

 

 


 
Touchdown

Touchdown

19th August  2012

Gannet Colony on Saltee Island great.

The breeding season is over now, and the chicks which I saw in June are now big and fat and fluffy.

Most of the seabirds have now departed , having come here to breed in mid-May.

Saltee Islands, off the coast of Wexford, St Georges Channel, Ireland.

The Saltee Islands, consisting of the Great and Little Saltee, St Georges Channel are situated approximately 5 kilometres of the coast of Kilmore Quay County Wexford.  The larger island Great Saltee is the most famous bird sanctuary in Ireland, and are one of the worlds major bird sanctuaries.  The Saltees are a haven for seabirds nurturing an impressive array of birds , from gannets and gulls to puffins and manx shearwaters, razorbills and cormorants.

The islands are among the ancient islands of Europe, based on pre-cambrian bedrock i.e. between 600 and 2000 million years old.  There is archaelogical evidence that Neolithic man settled there, and traces of religious settlements exist.  There is also evidence of buccaneering and smuggling.  A flourishing period in the history of the islands was from about 1500-1800 when they were a base for pirates, wreckers and smugglers.

One of the most spectacular sights on the Saltees in mid-summer are the sea bird colonies on the cliffs to the northeast of the gannet headland.  Vast numbers of seabirds pack the ledges and create a frightful incessant din which abates only a small bit at night time.

The islands are privately owned by the Neale family since 1943, but permission is not needed to visit Great Saltee island.

See the full set of photos here :

 

Camera Lens Focal Length Shutter speed Iso Aperture Additional details
Canon 50D Canon 70-200mm
200mm
1/8000
200
f2.8

 

 


 
The Call of the Wild.

 

 

 

 

The Call of the Wild.

I spent a beautiful day with friends on the Saltee Islands in May 2011.  This was my second trip..  The islands were covered with a carpet of bluebells this time.

The Saltee Islands, consisting of the Great and Little Saltee, St Georges Channel are situated approximately 5 kilometres of the coast of Kilmore Quay County Wexford.  The larger island Great Saltee is the most famous bird sanctuary in Ireland, and are one of the worlds major bird sanctuaries.  The Saltees are a haven for seabirds nurturing an impressive array of birds , from gannets and gulls to puffins and manx shearwaters.

The islands are among the ancient islands of Europe, based on pre-cambrian bedrock i.e. between 600 and 2000 million years old.  There is archaelogical evidence that Neolithic man settled there, and traces of religious settlements exist.  There is also evidence of buccaneering and smuggling.  A flourishing period in the history of the islands was from about 1500-1800 when they were a base for pirates, wreckers and smugglers.

One of the most spectacular sights on the Saltees in mid-summer are the sea bird colonies on the cliffs to the northeast of the gannet headland.  Vast numbers of seabirds pack the ledges and create a frightful incessant din which abates only a small bit at night time.

The islands are privately owned by the Neale family since 1943, but permission is not needed to visit Great Saltee island.

 

 

 


 
Ready for Take-Off

 

 

 

 

Ready for Take-Off

Taken in May 2011 on my trip to the Saltee Islands with a few friends.  This shot was taken down at the Gannett colony. We were blessed with blue skies on this trip, which provided a nice backdrop for the photos.  Some more shots here

The Saltee Islands

The Saltee Islands, consisting of the Great and Little Saltee, St Georges Channel are situated approximately 5 kilometres of the coast of Kilmore Quay County Wexford.  The larger island Great Saltee is the most famous bird sanctuary in Ireland, and are one of the worlds major bird sanctuaries.  The Saltees are a haven for seabirds nurturing an impressive array of birds , from gannets and gulls to puffins and manx shearwaters.

The islands are among the ancient islands of Europe, based on pre-cambrian bedrock i.e. between 600 and 2000 million years old.  There is archaelogical evidence that Neolithic man settled there, and traces of religious settlements exist.  There is also evidence of buccaneering and smuggling.  A flourishing period in the history of the islands was from about 1500-1800 when they were a base for pirates, wreckers and smugglers.

One of the most spectacular sights on the Saltees in mid-summer are the sea bird colonies on the cliffs to the northeast of the gannet headland.  Vast numbers of seabirds pack the ledges and create a frightful incessant din which abates only a small bit at night time.

The islands are privately owned by the Neale family since 1943, but permission is not needed to visit Great Saltee island.

 

 

 


 
Carpet of bluebells
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Carpet of bluebells - Saltee islands.
28th May 2011

Took this shot on my trip to the Saltee Islands. Some more shots here.
We had an early start from Drogheda that morning (6am ).   We drove down to Kilmore Quay in Wexford where we got a boat across to the Island.  By the time we reached the island we were all saturated from the spray on the short crossing !!    We were delighted to have the blue skies, but it was extremely windy and difficult to hold the cameras steady to get sharp pics of the birds.  The peaty soils were covered with a carpet of bluebells.  Had a wonderful day with Babs, Audrey, Cliff and Etain.  Cliff and Etain are walking towards the gannet colony in this shot.


The Saltee Islands, consisting of the Great and Little Saltee, St Georges Channel are situated approximately 5 kilometres of the coast of Kilmore Quay County Wexford.  The larger island Great Saltee is the most famous bird sanctuary in Ireland, and are one of the worlds major bird sanctuaries.  The Saltees are a haven for seabirds nurturing an impressive array of birds , from gannets and gulls to puffins and manx shearwaters.

The islands are among the ancient islands of Europe, based on pre-cambrian bedrock i.e. between 600 and 2000 million years old.  There is archaelogical evidence that Neolithic man settled there, and traces of religious settlements exist.  There is also evidence of buccaneering and smuggling.  A flourishing period in the history of the islands was from about 1500-1800 when they were a base for pirates, wreckers and smugglers.

One of the most spectacular sights on the Saltees in mid-summer are the sea bird colonies on the cliffs to the northeast of the gannet headland.  Vast numbers of seabirds pack the ledges and create a frightful incessant din which abates only a small bit at night time.

The islands are privately owned by the Neale family since 1943, but permission is not needed to visit Great Saltee island.
Camera Lens Focal Length Shutter speed Iso Aperture Additional details
Canon 50D Canon 17-40mm 40mm 1/160secs 200 f10



 

 


 

 
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