|Wagtails are everywhere. We saw them walking at the edges of roofs, on headstones in graveyards, and along fences.|
|Of course we saw lots of sheep. |
|Geese were in a pond at Lough Boora Discovery Park in the center of Ireland. We watched from a blind,|
where we also hoped to see other birds that unfortunately didn't appear.
|We especially hoped to see the rare grey partridge, but unfortunately it was very windy so all we saw was the signpost.|
|The two places we went yesterday: in the center of Ireland. We are staying in Galway, due east of them.|
From Lough Boora we went to Clonmacnoise Monastery. This ancient site is located at the crosssing of a main East-West road with the Shannon River, an important North-South route across Ireland in the Dark Ages. The monastery at Clonmacnoise (which I posted photos of yesterday
) was consequently a frequent site of raids and battles in the struggle among many different people for dominance. According the the historic site's webpage: "The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches (10th -13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe."
|From the Clonmacnoise historic site, we could see the Shannon River,|
which flows diagonally across almost the entire country.
|A grebe on the Shannon.|
|Two swans near Clonmacnoise. The white one is an|
adult, the dark one a young swan.
This area is so steeped in history but I knew you would find the birds!
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