We recently returned from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to South Africa but I believe it's made us appreciate the wild life in our own backyard in Dublin even more. We often walk along the Dodder River path between Ballsbridge and Ringsend on my morning commute.
Coffee in hand, we stop to admire the birds that call the Dodder home. There are a group of six swans that hangout on the river near Aviva Stadium. Such beautiful birds. I always feel at peace watching them go about their day.
Moorhens are another of my favorites. I actually saw one of these guys fighting for a piece of bread with a couple of magpies and a seagull the other day. They can be feisty when they want to be but most of the time they just camp out in the reeds minding their own business.
There are a couple of stately herons that call the Dodder home and we reliably see them on our walks. They stand in silent vigil until potential prey swims past.
All kinds of ducks call the river home. I've yet to capture them doing their morning 'washing up' routine on film but I hope to get it someday if I can just get my camera out fast enough! They continuously dive their heads into the water and stick their bums in the air again and again before wildly flapping their wings. The routine always makes me smile.
These squawky gulls make quite a bit of noise. If you weren't awake at this point, you are now!
Our walk always ends with a stroll down Bath Ave and then through the pedestrian path beside the iconic Gasworks apartment building.
We smiled when we saw this gorgeous tree in prime Fall foliage with a tiny bird house attached. Ireland may not have a huge array of large mammals to watch but the diversity of birds more than makes up for it in my opinion.