Monday, 23 July 2012

Blackwater and Sky

Blackwater and Sky are currently at their individual nest locations in Duhallow, being provisioned by their parents. We do not want to disclose the location of their nests, and there are still perils which they must overcome before fully fledging and making a life of their own. However, as soon as they begin making their way in life, you will be able to follow their travels and see their location on this website. Keep checking in with!

Blackwater - She's a lady!

The Blackwater is said to be the most beautiful river in Ireland. It flows through Duhallow and was chosen by a local schoolboy as a really nice name for the first Hen Harrier to be fitted with a satellite tracker as part of this project. Blackwater was born on a heather moorland and has two siblings, a younger brother and an older sister. She has already mastered the art of flying but is still reliant on her parents for food. She is a beautiful young bird with dark brown eyes. We wish her all the very best on her travels through life. Go n-éirí an bóthar léi!

Sky - He's the man!

The Hen Harrier is renowned for its famous Sky Dance courtship display. The male's are the main men for carrying out this awesomely impressive aerobatic display. So, some local school girls have christened the first male Hen Harrier to be satellite tracked as part of this project, Sky. Sky was born in a scrub area of rushes and bramble. He is currently in his nest being looked after by his parents, while his older brother and sister are now able to fly. He has striking smoky-grey eyes. We hope that some day, sky will turn into a fine silver adult male (like his father further down on this page), and of course perform some amazing sky dances in the spring and summer! Beir Bua!

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