Wildlife Photography on the Cooley Peninsula with Enda Flynn
Have you always wanted to get close and personal to Irish nature and wildlife? Are you inspired to capture unique images such as the fox, badger, red squirrel and the elusive pine marten? Well, now you can!
We at Walking Holiday Ireland are very fortunate to have teamed up with local talented wildlife photographer Enda Flynn. Enda will happily guide you through the most suitable areas in the Cooley Mountains, will set you up with a hide, one that will allow you to watch, wait and capture amazing wildlife shots. Enda not only specialises but has an excellent track record in getting photographers, amateurs and professionals alike, close to Ireland’s elusive wildlife.
One day Wildlife Photography Course with Enda Flynn
Why not add an exciting day photographing wildlife to your walking holiday and go home with more great memories and photos? You can book all year round (subject to availability).
These individually packaged wildlife photography days offer one-to-one instruction, you will not be part of a group on these days, just yourself + friend + guide. This gives you the perfect opportunity to get close to the native habitat and species the North-East of Ireland has to offer. The day can last up to 8-10 hours and involves moving around to target different species. A typical day could start off targeting Red Squirrel & Jay before moving to another site to target Buzzards & Ravens and then finishing up at a site to target Pine Marten & Fox.
4 Day Wildlife Photography Course with Enda Flynn
Why not have a wildlife photography mini break and maximise your chances of capturing some amazing wildlife photos. After arriving at Dublin or Belfast airport, make your way to Dundalk where we will pick you up and transfer you to your B&B*. On day two and three after a hearty Irish breakfast, you will be collected by Enda and brought into the heart of the Cooley Mountains to the first of his secret locations where you will spend the day. The day can last up to 8-10 hours and involves moving around to target different species. A typical day could start off targeting Red Squirrel & Jay before moving to another site to target Buzzards & Ravens and then finishing up at a site to target Pine Marten & Fox. Enda will drop you back to your B&B in the evening**.
Included: Transfers from Dundalk to B&B / 3 Nights in of our specially selected B&B’s in the area / 2 full days photography with transfers / complimentary packed lunches.
In case you do not have an SLR with sufficient Zoom lens available we may be in a position to provide one for the duration of the outing, All your photos will be downloaded and burned onto a CD. Please let us know at time of booking.
Nature & Photography walk
If sitting still and quiet as a mouse for hours in a hide, waiting for that Fox, Squirrel or Pine Martin to make an appearance is your thing, then this may be for you. Enda will take you on a 4-hour walk through a rich and diverse forest habitat in the Cooley Mountains and will show you how to capture some stunning nature shots. Learn about composition, where to look and listen, and how to make the most out of your camera. This is a fun, educational and rewarding wildlife day.
The Wildlife of the Cooley Peninsula
The Cooley peninsula is in county Louth,on the east coast of Ireland, just over 1 hours drive from both Dublin and Belfast. It is an area of outstanding beauty and steeped in history. The mountains and hills dominate the area with many forestry plantations with Carlingford lough and the Irish sea bordering the area. Because of the many different types of wild habitat, in such a small area, its not surprising that it holds a wide range of biodiversity making it an ideal base for some natural history photography. Native mammals include Fox, Badger, Stoat, Irish mountain hare, Pine marten, otter and red squirrel. While some of the noteworthy birds include; Buzzard, Jay, Cuckoo, long eared owl, Woodcock, Raven, Merlin, Peregrine falcon and Crossbill. Notable butterflies and moths include emperor moth, fox moth, elephant hawkmoth, poplar hawkmoth, green hairstreak, small copper, wall brown, silver washed fritillary, dark green fritillary, holly blue and small heath. Notable damsel and dragonflies include: Keeled skimmer, common hawker, Black darter, Emerald damselfly, 4 spotted chaser and Emperor dragonfly. During the winter many migrant birds arrive to escape the harsh weather further north expect; Brambling, Twite, Fieldfare, Redwing, Whooper swan, Pale bellied brent geese, Snow bunting, waxwing and many more.
All images copyright of Enda Flynn and were taken in the Cooley peninsula.
All photographs on this site are of wild animals.