Year: 2006

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Coming back from Connemara last weekend, we stopped off in Cong, Co. Mayo. Late in the afternoon, we were walking out of the grounds of Ashford Castle, towards Cong. On the avenue between the Church of Ireland church and the Roman Catholic Church, was a tubby bird about the length of a blackbird pecking away on the ground. We got closer, for a look. It wasn't so much tame as completely unconcerned by us. It looked at us, cocked its head, and then going back to digging for worms. It made no attempt to fly, and we stayed with 1-2m of it for about 15 minutes before it wandered off into the undergrowth. It had a pale breast, speckled with brown, a short, slightly hooked beak, and a brown head and back. Some of its wing feathers seemed to be tipped with gold, or yellow. Its head seemed to be...

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Due to popular demand - like everyone who posted the comments Slideshow: Atlantic Wildlife, West Africa thread, Elaine in Greenpeace HQ in Amsterdam has knocked up wallpapers of some photographs from our trip, including dolphins, turtles, terns and a booby (oooh, misbehave!). You can download them here » Download booby wallpaper » Download "terns from the air" wallpaper » Download spinner dolphins wallpaper » Download turtle wallpaper » Download royal tern wallpaper » All images ©2006 Dave Walsh

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Get high resolution photograph of the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus, Las Palmas » Auditorio (Auditorium) Alfredo Kraus, Las Canteras beach, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. Designed by rchitect Oscar Tusquets and the sculptor Juan Bordes as being an auditorium it also incorporates the Palacio de Congresos de Canarias (Canary Islands Congress Centre) Website »

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© Greenpeace/Dave Walsh The Esperanza, 1/2 day south of the Canary Islands.  

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© Greenpeace/Dave Walsh Seen from the deck of the Esperanza  

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© Greenpeace/Dave Walsh Seen this afternoon, off the coast of Western Sahara. Ocean Defender's Weblog &raquo Sei Whale on Wikipedia &raquo dave

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Artisanal fishermen head out to sea in a traditional pirogue or fishing boat. Download high resolution version