Just over an hours drive north to our starting point at Strangford Lough.The sky was blue and the sun was shining but that just lured you into a false sense of security as stepping out of the car you were hit with an icy blast of wind that took your breath away.
View over Strangford Lough.
This Grey Heron was the first bird to see as it took flight and flew across the morning sun.
Knots were huddled along the waters edge and Brent Geese were feeding among the weed.
Killyleagh Harbour, Co.Down.
also joined by a Pied Wagtail.
The estuary was alive with Gulls, Lapwings, Wigeon, Oystercatchers and a pair of Black Tailed Godwits.
One of 100+ Oystercatchers at Dundrum.
The Black Headed Gulls were in full voice and one accidentally swam into a leaf which then started a game of chase and catch.
Arriving back into Newry just to have a quick bit of Urban Birding with plenty of Mallards, Gulls and Mute Swans outside the shopping centre,
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