A PACKED house greeted members of the West Kerry Branch of BirdWatch Ireland and Raptor Conservation Officer John Lusby last Sunday as over 120 people turned out to attend his ' Raptors of Kerry' presentation in Dingle's Oceanworld.
According to Jill Crosher of BirdWatch Ireland's West Kerry Branch, birds of prey such as owls, eagles, falcons and hawks are a source of fascination for many but are seriously threatened due to habitat loss and poisoning.
Mr Lusby's insightful lecture on Kerry's raptors proved to be very informative and was well received by those in attendance, who ranged from the very young to the ' young- atheart'. Many of birdwatching's most prominent activists were present also, including Frank King, Michael Cleary and Tony Kenneally.
While detailing the many places in Kerry used by raptors to nest – including ruins, tree cavities, old farmhouses and even the odd NAMA ghost estate – Mr Lusby also revealed details of a TV documen-