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Captured on the canvas of a glass window

  THE afternoon silence was shattered by a loud thump on the window and Dúlra jumped from his armchair, almost spilling his mug of tea. He knew immediately what it was – a bird. The odd one still flies into the conservatory window despite it now being covered with clearly visible stickers. Maybe it’s the […]

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The beautiful little bird with the big attitude

  IT couldn’t be easy knowing you’re going to end up in a sparrowhawk’s stomach – and sooner rather than later. That’s the fate of the vast majority of our goldcrests. These tiny birds – the smallest in Europe – weigh the same as a single sheet of paper. But for sparrowhawks they’re a delicacy […]

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A thing of beauty among the waste ground

  It’s funny how the wonders of nature can lift your spirits. If you’ve had a hard day at work or if the family’s testing your patience, even one of creation’s smallest, lightest creatures can brighten your day. And sometimes in the most unlikely of places. This wee patch of overgrown greenery, right, sits in […]

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Joining in the autumn feast on our doorstep

  Dúlra’s thinking of getting a wee stall down St George’s market and he’s going to make a killing. Because he’s got a brilliant idea that will fly off the shelves. He’s going to call it Black Mountain in a Bottle. And as he learned this week, it’s not all that hard to make this […]

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The bald monk is set for an Irish return

  IT was high in the sky above the house gliding on the thermals like a kite. Birds of prey are often seen over Belfast homes – especially if you live in proximity to our hills. But this was unusual. It didn’t have the straight eagle-like wings of a buzzard, but it was about the […]

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Beware of a single cow standing in a field

  We’ve enjoyed some of the best weather of the whole summer this week, and plenty of people headed to Slievenacloy, the nature resort above Poleglass, to take full advantage of our beautiful hills. But they were stopped in their tracks by this sign – and this bull. Some readers contacted Dúlra to complain – […]

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