City wildlife

The end of spring and beginning of summer are the best part of the year in Dublin. The weather is as good as it can be here, everything is now green, there are still flowers everywhere and, the best of all, there is a “baby boom” in the city wildlife right now. After the long winter, there is new life everywhere.

The best place in the city to enjoy this is Phoenix Park. I have already shown you some photographs of its amazing fauna. Besides the animals in Dublin zoo, there is an impressive herd of around 450 fallow deer roaming freely in the park. In this old post I showed you how they looked in winter, with their brown winter coat. Right now, the deers are in their summer coat, chesnut brown with white motles. The bucks have lost their big antlers and are growing new ones for the next mating season in autumn. And some of the does are pregnant, so the little fawns will be born in a few days. It’s a pleasure to spend the sunny summer afternoons watching them in the big meadow or the forest areas of Phoenix Park.

The deers are beautiful and impressive but there is more wildlife in Dublin. New born ducklings and cygnets can be found in the lakes and ponds of the park. I even found one of my favourite animals! The mandarin duck! Although this time the pair was in their “eclipse plumage”. Now I’m looking forward to see them again in autumn, when they have their impressive colourful plumage again.

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Anemone. Canon EOS 1200D 250mm f/5.6 1/500sec. ISO 100
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Cygnets. Canon EOS 1200D 100mm f/5 1/125sec. ISO 100
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“Ugly duckling”. Canon EOS 1200D 250mm f/5.6 1/640sec. ISO 400
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Mandarin ducks in eclipse plumage. Canon EOS 1200D 109mm f/5 1/40sec. ISO 100
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Pregnant doe. Canon EOS 1200D 166mm f/5.6 1/1600sec. ISO 100
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Fallow deers. Canon EOS 1200D 143mm f/5 1/1600sec. ISO 400
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Beautiful girl. Canon EOS 1200D 218mm f/5.6 1/200sec. ISO 100
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Coming to you. Canon EOS 1200D 100mm f/5 1/125sec. ISO 100
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The friendly one. Canon EOS 1200D 250mm f/5.6 1/640 ISO 800
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Bucks. Canon EOS 1200D 113mm f/5 1/200sec. ISO 800
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Backlight. Canon EOS 1200D 100mm f/5 1/400sec. ISO 800
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People’s Garden. Canon EOS 1200D 250mm f/5.6 1/400sec. ISO 400
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People’s Garden. Canon EOS 1200D 250mm f/5.6 1/320sec. ISO 400
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People’s Garden. Canon EOS 1200D 250mm f/5.6 1/320sec. ISO 400

 

 

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