But first let's take a moment to mention the DBBP video we made with Dublin Port Company and our friends in Media Coop. We had a lot of fun making it and the bird footage is STUNNING. In case you haven't already seen it, there is a little taster below as the full video can't upload here. Full video available at this LINK.
Back to the terns. Oh the terns. No matter how many times we make the trips out to the Dublin Port tern colonies by boat, it never, ever gets old. The contrast of nature at its most dynamic and vital – 1000+ terns industriously incubating eggs and protecting nests and screeching in the air around the colonies - juxtaposed with the similarly industrious shipping vessels and port traffic going about their business all around them is an extraordinary sight. And we feel privileged to have the opportunity to be among the birds like this, up close and personal (sometimes very personal with direct hits to our heads from defensive adult terns). Plus, seeing the city from a boat in the Liffey Channel on a sunny day is pretty special.
|Tara from the DBBP Team assisting with Common Tern data collection on the Great South Wall pontoon in July 2018. Helen Boland|
|The DBBP Team with the South Dublin Branch of BirdWatch Ireland looking at thousands of Terns in September on Sandymount Strand. Helen Boland.|
|A Common Tern fitted with a Dublin Bay Birds Project, uniquely inscribed, colour-ring ‘2P3’ in September 2018. Helen Boland.|