On the River Shannon April / May 2011
 
 


On the water

 

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Ireland April / May 2011 part 2

 

 

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But the other male bird does well. And his hen comes to his relief and separates the other hen from the two cocks.

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The hens donít fight really against each other; they leave it at threatening gestures, but not so the cocks.

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At least the cock of that hen which also had fought wins. The loser gets banned and leaves the territory but not without showing his magnitude.

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We leave Terryglass for the bridge lifting at Portumna at midday. Our view goes to Slevoir House. It is for sale and a bargain buy. The asked price has dropped of 50 per cent since it was last sold in 2006. How about Slevoir House as an imposing IWAI national headquarters, while simultaneously providing a meeting place for the branch? Doesn't it look like a pretty church?

Slevoir House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Portumna we spot a multicoloured Seagull.

Seagull

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reaching Meelick lock we moor below for some hours. The swan below the lock is still breeding. Later in the afternoon we lock up and moor above. The trees murmur in the wind accompanied with birds twittering.

Breeding swanMeelick Lock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shannon Airport Max 12.5įC Min 9.1įC Rainfall 0 mm Sun hours 1.5

Length of the trip: 4 hours

 

Wednesday 04/05/2011 Meelick - Banagher - Shannonbridge

Motto of the day: Pub time

Itís dry in the morning and we drive slowly upstream. Again we spot two Curlews.

We moor at Banagher and manage some shopping.

In the afternoon we go further on to Shannonbridge. We have some light rain underway, but when we are moored persistent rain starts. It is the first real rain after 3 and a half weeks; so we donít complain. It has been too dry and the water level at Shannonbridge is down to 2.2 m.

The swallows are hunting around the boat. A swan who is suffering from a slipped wing also known as angel wing or drooped wing visits us. The disease can often be observed in areas where people excessively feed bread.

Swan with slipped wingShannonbridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itís time for Killeenís! We spend the evening there and the ceiling above the bar now has an additional banknote with Ghandi on it, fixed by nice boaters from India.

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Shannon Airport Max 16įC Min 9.9įC Rainfall 1.9 mm (we had more) Sun hours 3.8

Length of the trip: 2 1/2 hours

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