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Photos from 2021

This is a selection of photos taken exclusively in my local park, Tymon Park which straddles the Templeogue, Tallaght, Walkinstown districts of South Dublin. Inspired by a Facebook Group focused on this park, and the photos being presented on it, and during Covid-19 Lockdowns, I took out my camera and 300m telephoto lens on my daily walks (I subsequently invested in a 600m lens) and revived, my not exactly dormant interest, in bird watching and started taking photos. Tymon Park is an urban park, but not a manicured one, so it offers a variety of environments and has a terrific variety of birds, wildlife, wild flowers etc. I have used this park as a training ground for running for many years, and have continued to walk there almost daily. During Covid lockdowns, for a time, it was the only piece of greenspace that was within the distance I was permitted to be from home. What an interesting, and informative, place it has turned out to be.

The photos below are in chronological order, so hopefully the quality improves as you move through the sequence. The first photo was taken on 16th February 2021, as that is the date I first took my camera into Tymon Park with intent.

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  • February : Mute Swan taking off from Willington Lake
  • February : Brent Geese flying over Limekiln Lake
  • February : Little Egret
  • February : Moorhens having a bit of a barney
  • February : Moorhens continuing the fight
  • February : Heron fishing
  • February : Heron fishing
  • March : Little Grebe
  • March : Bullfinch
  • March : Blackbird
  • March : Blue Tit
  • March : Bullfinch chewing a bud
  • March : Mute Swan defending territory
  • March : Heron
  • March : Heron
  • March : Heron
  • March : Long Tailed Tit
  • March : Cormorant swallowing a huge Tench (Willington Lake)
  • March : Little Egret
  • March : Little Egrets
  • April : Watcha lookin at? (Mallard Duck)
  • April : Heron in silhouette
  • April : Wren
  • April : Willow Warbler
  • April : Willow Warbler
  • April : Goldfinch
  • April : Robin
  • April : Robin
  • April : Robin
  • April : Wren
  • April : Robin with nest building material
  • April : Heron in flight
  • April : Coot in silhouette against the light
  • April : Goldfinch
  • April : Dunnock
  • April : Flasher?
  • April : Chiffchaff wrestling with a caterpillar
  • April : Collared Dove
  • April : Dandelion seed head
  • April : Little Grebe
  • May : Blackbird
  • May : Greenfinch
  • May : Chiffchaff
  • May : Dandelion Seed Head
  • May : Buzzard
  • May : Buzzard
  • May : Buzzard
  • May :Wren fledgling - barely out of nest
  • May : Long Tailed Tit Fledgling - very young
  • May : Blackcap singing
  • May : Magpie looking suspicious
  • May : One day old Swan chicks - had heard them hatching the day before
  • May : Swan - Parent and one day old chicks
  • May : Darth Vadar - Tufted Duck
  • May : Heron with a very small snack
  • May : Heron in flight
  • May : Bad hair day - Tufted Duck
  • May : Hooded Crow - stealing a duck egg
  • May : Mallard Duck - not all brown as they appear
  • May : Swan cygnet pretending to be asleep
  • May : Grey Squirrel
  • June : Heron
  • June : Bullfinch eatling leaves
  • June : Grey Squirrel
  • June : Grey Squirrel - female I presume
  • June : Wren juvenile
  • June : Dunnock juvenile
  • June : Willow Warbler
  • June : Coot chick, very young - only a mother could love that
  • June : Not so young Coot chick being fed by parent
  • June : Pyramidal Orchid
  • June : Heron - with digestion issues?
  • June : Moorhen - direct approach
  • June : Coot vs Moorhen with Moorhen losing
  • June : Snail - it was a slow day
  • July : Tufted Duck mother and chicks (interesting mode of transport)
  • July : Swan symmetry
  • July : Speckled Wood Butterfly
  • July : Tufted Duck mother and chicks
  • July : Tufted Duck chicks
  • July : Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
  • July : Buzzard
  • July : Buzzard
  • July : Blackcap female
  • July : Swan - You looking at me?
  • July : Baby Coot begging from parent
  • July : Magpie hunting a frog. You can guess who won
  • July : Honey Bee (with lots of honey) and Thistle
  • July : Moon - from Tymon Park
  • July : Not Checkpoint Charlie, but the footbridge over the M50
  • July : Little Grebe (probably a juvenile)
  • August : Collared Dove having a drink
  • August : Juvenile Black Headed Gull
  • August : OK kids! Best foot forward! Mallard Duck and ducklings
  • August : Chiffchaff
  • August : Swan cygnet
  • August : Moorhen portrait
  • August : Moorhens, young and old
  • August : Peacock Butterfly
  • August : Dunnock
  • September : Robin
  • September : Mute Swan
  • September : Long Tailed Tit
  • September : Chiffchaff
  • September : Mute Swan and Cygnet
  • September : Little Grebe having breakfast
  • September : M50 Footbridge
  • September : Sorry, cannot stop to talk, my mouth is full - Grey Squirrel
  • September : Who said Cygnets were Ugly Ducklings?
  • September : Cygnet showing what his white flight feathers are for
  • September : Cygnet having moulted proper flight feathers
  • September : Heron in Yoga Position
  • September : Hooded Crow with golf ball that it thinks is an egg ...
  • September : ... a strange bouncing egg ...
  • September : ... which does not break ...
  • September : ... no matter how high you drop it from ...
  • September : ... and must be caught before something else steals it
  • September : I watched this crow for about 5 minutes, and
  • September : struggled to hold the camera steady as I was laughing so much.
  • September : Blue Tits, bringing a bit of sanity after the Hooded Crow and the golf ball
  • October : The Park early on a beautiful sunny morning
  • November : Grey Squirrel in pose
  • November : Grey Squirrel in pose
  • November : Bridge on Tymon Lakes
  • November : Rose Hips, Tymon Lane
  • November : Heron
  • November : Mute Swans and Cygnet
  • November : Buzzard and Hooded Crow. Who is annoying who?
  • November : Little Grebe having his usual breakfast
  • November : You fight with one? You fight with the family
  • November : Misty morning
  • November : Sunrise
  • November : Swan - defending territory
  • November : Cygnet - intruder
  • November : Cygnet - on the way
  • November : Cygnet - probably not sure what is happening
  • November : Someone identified this as a Scaup, but I am not sure (hybrid?)
  • November : Pochard - male
  • November : Pochard - male and female
  • November : Fly me to the Moon, by Ryanair
  • November : Mute Swan - cleaning the hard to get at bits
  • November : Little Grebe with Tufted Duck in foreground
  • November : Tufted Duck juvenile - I was fooled for awhile into thinking this was a Scaup
  • November : Tufted Duck juvenile
  • November : Blue Tit
  • November : Little Grebe having yet another breakfast
  • December : Dunnock
  • December : Dunnock
  • December : Sunrise
  • December : Heron
  • December : Heron
  • December : Heron
  • December : Berries (not sure what type)
  • December : Floating leaf
  • December : Little Egret
  • December : Little Egret
  • December : Little Egret
  • December : Cormorant is back
  • December : Cormorant
  • December : Teal -  cute, charming and shy little ducks
  • December : Flotilla of Pochard plus Tufted Duck
  • December : Flotilla of Pochard - all males
  • December : Flotilla of Pochard - all males
  • December : Pochard
  • December : Pochard
  • December : Pochard
  • December : Pochard
  • December : Cormorant
  • December : Teal - female
  • December : Teal - male
  • December : Teal - male
  • December : Teal
  • December : Feather (probably Swan) floating
  • December : Feather (probably Swan) floating
  • December : Goosander - probably the most unusual bird of the year
  • December : Goosander - lives normally in mountain lakes
  • December : Goosander - very few in Ireland
  • December : L to R - Juvenile male Tufted Duck, Adult male Pochard, Juvenile male Scaup
  • December : Pochard - male and female
  • December : Blackbird - probably juvenile male
  • December : Scaup - juvenile male
  • December : Scaup and Pochard
  • December : Tufted Duck male
  • December : Tufted Duck male - diving
  • December : Tufted Duck male
  • December : Blackbird - adult male
  • December : Scaup

This page is now completed for 2021. I will another page for 2022 at some stage during the year.

I have no issue with people taking these photos for their own, non-commercial, use. If using them on the internet, a credit to me beside the photo and/or a link to this webpage would be appreciated. The images here are not high quality/resolution versions, they have been reduced in quality & size for internet efficiency, and some have also been cropped. However, for many of them I have much higher quality versions, and larger sizes and I am happy to provide them at no charge if you have a requirement. Contact me as detailed below if you have a request - the email contact route will probably get a faster response than the Facebook contact.

End Photos from 2021

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