Arrival Bull Island – Brent Geese

The dramatic sight and sound of the Brent geese arriving overhead is always a delight.  They arrive en masse to the Bull Island each autumn to the mud flats where they feast on their favourite food, eelgrass.  They have also started to move inland over recent years to land to feed on the grass in St. Anne’s and other local parks.  They will return to Canada in the spring with a stopover in Iceland but they will return again next year with their wonderful formation and noises.  

This piece uses a combination of detailed pen sketching for the geese and digital illustration of the Bull Island and surrounds.  You should able to spot the statue and the bathing shelters, the duck pond in St Anne’s Park and Howth in the background.