Arts Week 2018 is here and that mean I will be in my now "Farmiliar Location" The Tholsel on High Street Kilkenny ever day from the 9th to the 19th of August, from 9am to 6pm each day. If you are in Kilkenny please call in and say hello I would love to see you there. I will have a range of Photography on display and also the list of my new Workshops which will be starting Autumn 2018.
Due to the fact I do a lot of wildlife photography, my wildlife hide is my second home. When I am out trying to capture that special wildlife shot I am most of the time in my hide, hours turn into days, days turn into months with absolute no guarantee that the animal or bird I am trying to photograph will even turn up. Usually when they do show it is at a time when it is raining or the light is at its worst or even worse still just as they are about to appear something spooks them and they disappear as quick as they have arrived.
The clip of these rabbits chasing each other around in the lovely evening sun was recorded in an old disused sand pit in Attanagh. There were quite a number of rabbits here all out feeding and making the most of the pleasent evening sun.
This little guy was one of five cubs in this den, of the five this guy seemed to be the more adventurous of them all, never content in staying around the den sites, instead off wandering about the fields and hedgerows on a farmers land near Durrow. They would run around playing for short periods at a time and then all of a sudden disappear into the cover of the hedge. Just to be a wittness to these guys at play was an absolute privelage and I loved every minute of it.
I spent a bit of time recording at this fox den in Laois. This has to be one of the hardest working vixen's I have ever had the pleasure to record. A number of times a day she returned with food and waited to nurse her five cubs. In this clip you can see how the smallest little guy in the den was more attentative than his bigger siblings. The mother was very attentive to this guy every time she returned to the den site. Just a wonder to be a part of this for sure.
Here we see a Buzzard feeding on the remains of a rabbit, this pair had a nest r=nearby with two juvenile chicks, the parents worked tirelessly to keep the juveniles fed. This incredibly shy bird is very wary and the first sight of humans they will just disappear. They can be seen and heard usually soaring very high in the sky as they scan for food.
The recording of this short video file of the Native Red Squirrel was fascinating to say the least. When people speak about how busy they are burrying their stash, it is no exaggeration. This little guy would come to the tree stump eat for a few seconds and then at incredible speed, gone in a flash, busy burrying nuts all over the forest from up in the treed to underneath dead leaves and even underneath the grass. All the while stayin one hundred percent alert, whilst i was there it had to flee from a Buzzard and a Pine Marten.
Just some of the daily callers, as this time of year is much more difficult to find food for small garden birds, we are all encouraged by Birdwatch Ireland to give them a helping hand over the winter months with some food.
Due to the mild weather the annual red deer rut was later to take center stage in the National Park in Killarney. The rut usually will get into action mid to late September or after some frosty weather.
After a lot of searching through the woodlands of Ireland I finally managed to get close to one of our most magnificent birds, The Buzzard. This is one of a breeding pair which were located down in South Kilkenny this summer.
Although I was there in the location for quite a while there was only one photo opportunity that came my way and these are the images as a result.
The buzzard is fighting against the odds in this country and comes in for a lot of misguided headlines.
More often than not you will hear their loud shrill as they soar very high in the sky.
Following on from the success of my previous exhibitions for Arts week Kilkenny. I am delighted to announce that I will be holding another exhibition of my latest work at the Tholsel (at the Town Hall), High Street in Kilkenny from Friday the 11th of August through to Sunday 20th August 2017.
The exhibition will be open all of the above days between 9am and 6pm.
This years collection comprises of a mixture of wildlife, local and foreign landscapes, flora and fauna, and much more besides.
To record this clip of the incredibly shy and rare Pine Marten was a privilege for sure. After a lot of searching I found what i thought was a Pine Marten trail, early in Spring 2017, After months of feeding and waiting in my wildlife hide on a cold blustery day this little guy appeared for a fleeting few seconds. As you can see from the clip how shy this guy is, he made sure to keep himself down as low as possible to avoid any predators catching a glimpse, and then just as quick with the alarm call of a nearby magpie, he was off into the undergrowth in a flash.
This photograph was taken on a farm in Co. Laois. A vixen had five cubs, although, throughout all the times I was there in my wildlife hide, at no time were all five cubs together at any one time.
The vixen had the cubs located in two separate dens in the field, with three the most to be together at any one time.
The vixen worked tirelessly bringing baby rabbits back to the den when the cubs were small, she then brought large rabbits as the cubs got bigger and hardier.
This photograph was taken on a recent trip to Jenkinstown Woods in Kilkenny. The sun was shining and the wind was blowing through the bluebells. A beautiful place to visit any time of the year but when the bluebells are out it is just exceptional.
<p>My new Kilkenny Calendar 2017 is on sale now complete with printed postage envelope all for only €6.</p><p>If you are interested in the calendar you can e-mail me directly or you can pick them up in some of the retail outlets in Kilkenny.</p><p>To see all months individually, please go to the Calendar Gallery.</p>
<p>My Photography is now available from Norton Bespoke Luxury Interior Design Studio Kieran Street Kilkenny run by Elaine Norton interior designer.</p><p>Norton Bespoke offer a comprehensive supply and fit service for all rooms including bathrooms and kitchens.</p><p>Full interior design project is also available from Elaine Norton on request.</p><p>If you are in the area be sure to pop inand view the wide range of interior design samples which they have to offer.</p>
<p>A great crowd turned out for the Threshing Day in Knock on Sunday 11th September. The weather thankfully held up as the black clowds rolled away.</p><p>Lots of fun and entertainement was had by all at the festival and a huge well done to all who organised the event.
<p>Thanks to all who called in to view my recent exhibition at the Tholsel High Streek Kilkenny for the 2016 Arts Week.</p><p>There was a great atmosphere in the city and the crowds were out in large numbers and thankfully the weather held up for most of the the time so that was great.</p><p>I have included the most popular photos on this page as picked by you the viewers.</p><p>Congratulations to Maria Kelly who liked and shared my Facebook post, she was the winner of the photograph of the five fox cubs.</p>
Following on from the success of my exhibition for Arts week 2015. I will be holding an exhibition of my latest work the Tholsel at the Town hall in Kilkenny from Thursday the 4th of August through to Sunday 13th August. The exhibition will be open all of the above days between 9am and 6pm.
This years collection comprises of a mixture of wildlife, wild flowers local and foreign landscapes aswell as a new collection from the wild atlantic way.
If you are in Kilkenny please pop in for a chat I would be delighted to meet you there.
<p>To celebrate the opening of my Photography Exhibition during Kilkenny Arts Week from 5th - 14th August 2016 at the Tholsel, High Street, Kilkenny, I am giving away a beautiful framed photo from my Wildlife Collection.</p><p>To be in with a chance to win, check out my <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photosbydonal">Facebook </a>page!</p><p>Winners will be announced on August 14th. Good luck!</p>
I was fortunate to make it to the All Ireland Scarecrow Festival 2016 in Durrow Co Laois. When I arrived, the weather was great and a huge crowd was in attendance to take in all the activities and soak up the atmosphere. There was lots to entertain people of all ages and all interests. Just to walk around the square and the smells from all the food stalls was like walking through one of the food festivals, great.
A huge well done to all who have put this festival together, which ran from July 24th to August 1st.
Another successful weekend was had at the 2015 Kilmore Seafood Festival in County Wexford. The festival was on 11th & 12th of July. Saturday was a wet day in Kilmore but t Quayside Stall on the Harbour Market.he sun and the crowds made up it with the massive turn out on Sunday.
The 2016 festival this year takes place from Thursday 14th July through to the 17th, I will not have a stall for the festival of 2016, but plan to be back in place for next year.
Many thanks to all at Khan's Bookstore James Street Kilkenny for accommodating my photography window display in the shop window.
The display was a great success so a big thanks to all involved. Khans stock a very wide range of books and magazines to suit all ages and interests. If you are in the area make sure you pop in and take a look, all the staff are more than helpful.
A successful weekend at the 2014 Kilmore Seafood Festival in County Wexford was had on the 12th & 13th of July. The sun shone and the crowds were out in big numbers. A record number of visitors came to soak up the weather and take in the bargains available on the Quayside Stall on the Harbour Market. Heres looking to another great festival in 2015. Thanks to all in Kilmore for a great and successful weekend.