Nest examination, 7th June 2013, Co. Kerry (M. O'Clery).
Checking high structures for potential raptor nests can be problematic at the best of times, and ladders will only get you 30-40 feet (12m) up. Quite a few Kestrel and Barn Owl nests are considerably higher, so sometimes there is simply no way to reach the nest. This low-tech solution has been used this year to great effect – a small digital camera mounted onto the end of a specially modified extendable pole. Here, John Lusby is using it to examine a Kestrel nest with chicks at the top of a ruined church in Co. Kerry.