Cromane, Co. Kerry is a pretty scenic spot (swipe left for pics), but it wasn’t the scenery that brought me here. I came to see if I could find a very unique bird. The bird I’m talking about is a spoonbill. These exotic looking birds are usually only found in mainland Europe but this particular individual was first spotted in Cromane in 2005 and has been spending every winter season (Oct to March) here since then. This is its 14th year to return.
This bird is obviously a bit of a loner, choosing to live away from others of its own kind; a lot like another of Kerrys resident animals - Fungi the dolphin. But, unlike Fungi, this bird remains unknown to most. As far as I’m aware it hasn’t even been given a name. Apparently these birds can have a lifespan of 25-30 years, so even though it may never quite reach the level of celebrity status attained by Fungi the dolphin, maybe one day it might just become a mini celebrity/tourist attraction in its own right. *
We saw a #tiger this morning but am posting one of the commenest birds found in India. The #redventedbulbul - they are everywhere. Not many notice them, but I do. This one was perched on a bush in the lovely morning sun with a glint in his eye. Look at the lovely details on his #feathers#groomed to #perfection