White-tailed Eagles Haliaeetus albicilla, also known as the Sea Eagle, are large raptors that were once natives of Irish shores. Unfortunately in the late 19th and early 20th Century populations declined due to persecution and poisoning which led to their extinction in Ireland. Now part of an exciting re-introduction program there is a pair resident around Garnish Island!
White-tailed Eagles are heavy, broad-winged birds with a characteristic rectangular shape in flight. Along with the short, wedge-shaped tail, adults in flight appear particularly vulturine in shape. Immature sea eagles have slightly longer tails and flight feathers than adults but these feathers are replaced over their successive moults.
Sea eagles are usually closely associated with water, nesting and foraging often close to large, highly productive inland waterbodies (lakes, rivers) and lowland marshes. However, in western Europe they are predominately coastal or marine, nesting on or near sea-cliffs and offshore islands. Trees are highly preferred as nest sites in Norway although, in places lacking trees and cliffs, birds will also nest on the ground.
The boutique 5 star cruise ship The Hebridean Princess visits Glengarriff this weekend. Carrying only 50 passengers, this ship is a specialist cruise ship which normally cruises the Western Isles and Northern Isles of Scotland. For the first time in many years she is now visiting our shores where she will get a warm welcome…
Silversea’s purpose-built Silver Explorer expedition ship is visiting Glengarriff bay this morning. She has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. Equipped with a fleet of Zodiac boats the guests can visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding of the destination – so they are in for a treat this morning!
The ship is over 100m long and carries 132 guests and a compliment of 117 crew.
The 81-metre long super motor yacht ‘AIR’ paid a visit to Glengarriff Harbour and moored off Garnish Island this week.
It was quite a spectacle to see. AIR was launched last year and it is available for charter at the reported rate of €750,000 per week!
Built in the Koninklijke De Vries yard in Holland, AIR has a sleek and elegant exterior with modern lines, a unique matte black steel hull, and an aluminium superstructure. She measures 265.7 feet in length and has a beam of nearly 39 feet. AIR has a helicopter pad complete with helicopter in case you need to pop out for something!
The vessel can accommodate 12 guests in 7 roomy staterooms including an impressive split level owner’s suite, two guest cabins on the upper deck, one cabin on the main deck, and three on the lower deck. The owners’ observation lounge offers a breathtaking view over the eight-meter long pool on the main deck’s forward area.
A fascinating retrospective video from the 1977 program As The Crow Flies on the RTE player showed some wonderful shots of Bantry Bay, Glengarriff and this amazing shot of Maureen O’Hara’s Flying Boat moored in Glengarriff.
John Crowley writes an interesting piece on West Cork in which he has the following to say about Garnsih Island:
West Cork, located favorably on the Gulf Stream, in the county of Cork, is itself a breeding ground for flora and fauna. There is even a small island in Bantry Bay entirely devoted to ornamental subtropical plants. Beloved by horticulturalists, the 15-hectare Garinish Island possesses a magnificent Italian garden that thrives in the area’s humid microclimate. It is reached by ferry from the nearby town of Glengarriff, whose beauty has captured the imagination of many over the years. “What sends picturesque tourists to the Rhine and Saxon Switzerland [as] within five miles round the pretty inn of Glengarriff there is a country of the magnificence of which no pen can give an idea,” Victorian author William Makepeace Thackeray wrote in 1842. “I would like to be a great prince, and bring a train of painters over to make…a set of pictures of the place.” Read More