Sedge Warbler at Turvey Nature Reserve: Canon 7 D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1/1000 Sec, F8, ISO 100

Many of the birds featured here were photographed in Broadmeadows Estuary and Turvey Nature Reserve in Dublin. That is because of the wide range of birds that breed and visit here. It is also because both sites are easily accessible and offer an opportunity for bird photography in parkland and woodland settings as well as in 2 local estuaries.

Broadmeadows Estuary is located just north of Swords in North Dublin and it is a protected area for birds. Turvey Park & Rogerstown Estuary is just a few kilometres north of Swords and is a protected reserve featuring open grass areas, mixed woodland, a small lake and a tidal estuary with bird hide that offers views of a huge variety of waders, gulls, ducks, divers, geese and birds of prey.

Two sets of equipment were used for the photographs on this site:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 600D
  • Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
  • Extender: Canon Extender EF 1.4x III 

Yellow Hammer at Turvey Nature Reserve: Canon 7 D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1/800Sec, F10, ISO 400

The above image of a Yellowhammer was taken at Turvey Nature Reserve near Donabate in North Dublin.

Turvey Nature Reserve is a few kilometres north of Swords in County Dublin. It is an enclosed park managed by Fingal County Council and it contains parkland, farmland, woodland, wetland and an area opening onto Rogerstown Estuary. This is a large park and you can walk three or four kilometres quite easily.

There is a huge variety of birds in the park including Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Linnets, Redpoll, Yellowhammers, Reed Bunting and Stonechats. There are many birds of prey including Buzzard, Red Kite, Kestrel, Sparrow Hawk, Merlin, Peregrine and Hen Harrier. The estuary supports a large population of waders, ducks and geese. Occasional visitors include Ruff, Pectoral Sandpiper, Goldeneye, Osprey, Lesser Yellowlegs, Osprey and Red Kites.

It is easy to find your way around the park. Check out the walks on the signage posted at the entrance.

There is a bird hide overlooking the estuary and it is open on Saturday and Sunday. You will usually find members of Birdwatch Ireland who are always happy to chat to you about the local wildlife.

Camera & Settings

Canon EOS 7D Mk ll with Canon 70 – 400mm Lens

1/1000 Sec, F8, ISO 100

Tree Creeper, St, Catherine′s PArk, Dublin:Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1.4 Ext, 1/2500 Sec, F9, ISO 4000

Herring Gulls at Broadmeadows Estuary, Swords, Dublin, Ireland

The above image of a Herring Gull being chased by a hungry gang was taken at Broadmeadows Estuary, in Swords, North Dublin. The estuary is tidal and offers different opportunities for bird photography at low tide and high tide. However, a word of warning.The level of the water in the estuary is not always synchronised with the tides as there is a weir where the estuary flows to the sea and this sometimes holds the water back until some tome after low tide.

The range of birds here is huge and includes a wide range of gulls, ducks and waders, buzzards, cormorants, divers, herons, little egrets, geese, lapwing, oyster catchers, swans, terns, and lots more!

Camera & Settings

Canon EOS 7D Mark ll with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens and a Canon 1.4 Extender.

1 / 2500th of a second, F10, ISO 400

Oyster Catcher at Broadmeadows Estuary, Swords, Dublin, Ireland

The above image of an Oyster Catcher was taken at Broadmeadows Estuary in Swords, North Dublin. This is a wonderful spot for Bird Photography in Dublin as it allows you to get close to so many different types of birds. There are places to park your car as well as a pathway that runs for a couple of Kilometres along the estuary. The birds are used to walkers so it is not unusual for you to get quite close.

The area close to the motorway bridge holds huge numbers of waders, ducks, geese and gulls in winter, especially at low tide. Further on, the outer estuary is good for spotting divers like grebes and mergansers, as well as ducks like Goldeneye, Tufted Ducks, Long Tailed Ducks, Scaup and occasionally Red Throated and Northern Divers.

Camera & Settings

Canon EOS 7D Mark ll with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens and a Canon 1.4 Extender.

1 / 1250thof a second, F10, ISO 400

Blue Tit, Turvey Park, Dublin, Ireland. Canon 7D Mark II, 100-400 Lens, 1,320 Sec, F8, ISO 200

You will find more bird photography locations in the main menu above, and more will be added over time. If you have information about a location that you think should feature on this site, then use the Contact Us page to send details and I will visit the site and post a page with photographs. And credit you of course for sending the information.

Enjoy Bird Watching in Ireland.