What could we see?

Naturally, wildlife is unpredictable and varies from season to season, day to day, even hour to hour. As always in nature, there are no guarantees, and it is impossible to predict what we will see on any given holiday or tour. Not knowing is all part of the fun… but possible highlights include:

Humpback Whale, West Cork

A humpback whale showing the diagnostic bushy blow and giant white pectoral flippers

Wildlife Watching highlights on Ireland’s South Coast:

  • The chance to see Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises feeding in one of the North Atlantic’s whale watching hot-spots
  • White-tailed Eagles are nesting in West Cork again thanks to a successful reintroduction programme, and we see adults and young birds regularly on our tours.
  • Large movements of seabirds off West Cork’s iconic headlands (Manx, Sooty, Cory’s and Great Shearwaters, Skuas, European and Wilson’s storm petrels and more) (Summer / Autumn)
  • Otters and Kingfishers on tidal inlets and waterways
  • Visiting waders and wildfowl on coastal mudflats, lagoons and estuaries (Autumn / Winter)
  • Basking Sharks, the world’s second largest fish, cruising just offshore (Spring & Early Summer)
  • Migrant birds passing through during spring and autumn migration (Spring / Autumn)
  • Resident raptors including Peregrine, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and occasionally Merlin and Hen Harrier
  • Close encounters with Grey and Common seals
  • Charismatic Choughs and Ravens soaring over coastal cliffs
  • Spectacular aggregations of diving Gannets just offshore
  • … and who knows what else.