I am trying to improve my wildlife and animal photography, so I thought that I would post these two photos to start with. Hopefully, by the end of this week, I will have more photos of a wider variety of creatures.


Puck the Guinness Drinking Goat

On a trip to Kerry last week, I meet this goat and his human. This male Irish Mountain goat is six years old and belongs to the chap behind him. One Christmas, Puck (the goat) was in a garden clearing all the overgrowth in it, when some local boys came and untied him. They proceeded to bring him to all the pubs in Sneem and fed him pints of Guinness, they then brought him to Midnight Mass. The owner (I don’t know his name) got a call to come and collect the goat, as the goat was unable to walk straight. When he got to the Church carpark the goat was lying in the corner not feeling too well. The man picked up the goat and placed him on a bed of straw in his van, he then brought the goat home and put him in the barn, where the poor goat lay for three days without moving. Now you can put a pint of Guinness under the goats nose and he will not drink it. Puck learnt a lesson. The man washes Puck everyday with L’Oreal shampoo. Both Puck and his human are displaying beards so serious, I think they could join the band ZZ Top.


Fota Wildlife Park

A trip to Fota Wildlife Park in Cork is always pleasure. Fota is two and a half hour drive from our house through some varied landscape, including the flat area around the Curragh and the Galtee range of mountains in Tipperary. For this trip I brought my Lumix LX100, as I was with a non photographer. The Park has made a number of improvements since I was there last, a couple of years ago. This includes a butterfly enclosure, that also houses frogs, fish and jellyfish. The only shot below that was not shot through Glass is the Kangaroo, as she was wandering free around the Park with her minder. The minder was there to make sure that nobody would try to to pet her. The Park presently has four Cheetah Cubs, I saw them, but, they were curled up with their Mum in a sunbeam, so I did not have an opportunity to take a photo of them.


National Bird of Prey Centre

A visit to Russborough House in Wicklow is always enjoyable, this time, we chose to go to the National Bord of Prey Centre located there, and saw some of the over forty birds housed in the Centre. We got to see the end of one of the regular flight displays that the Centres Falconers demonstrate in the grounds of the House. Then we attended the incredibly informative Tour of the Centre and got to meet and hold some of the characters who live in the Falconry. On this occassion we got to a three year old Tawny Owl named Albert (bottom left), and we stroked a Little Owl named Gizmo (bottom right). The chap in the middle is six weeks old and we were not told what his/her name was. The National Bird of Prey Centre has been opened for just over a year now, and is worth visiting. Russborough House has something for everyone including, a Playground, Maze, Fairy Walk, House Tours, Walled Garden, Artisan Workshops, Cafe and a Shop.

If you are looking for something to do in Wicklow, I highly recommend a trip to Russborough House.