Sadly, Ireland’s most famous naturalist, Éamonn De Buitléar, died last night at his home in the village of Delgany. He lived almost his entire life in Wicklow, his family having moved from Galway to Bray when he was a child. He is most famous internationally as a wildlife film-maker and much of the footage he recorded was taken in Wicklow. Some of the key scenes in David Attenborough’s The Trials of Life tv series of the 1980s were filmed by Éamonn De Buitléar, notably those of the young eels (elvers) making their way up an Irish stream. He also served as a senator, was an active promoter of the Irish language and a highly respected traditional musician.
Although I spoke with him all too little, I would frequently come across the great naturalist on my rambles in the Wicklow countryside and he was a well-known character in Wicklow and will certainly be missed.
Today I had the great honour of meeting Ireland’s most famous naturalist, Éamonn De Buitléar, and he kindly agreed to pose for a photograph. He is a famous wildlife documentary film-maker (and author) but always preferred to be behind the camera instead of in front of it, although he is a charismatic presenter. De Buitléar has contributed to many documentaries besides his own, including images of migrating eels to David Attenborough’s The Trials of Life TV series. His most recent TV series, A Life in the Wild, is one of the most beautifully filmed and interesting documentaries I have ever seen, and is also a quirky biography filled with his globe-trotting adventures.
I also met Angus Tyner, one of Ireland’s foremost moth experts, and the “go-to guy” most government scientists ask for advice on moths. He is a devoted specialist when it comes to moths, but also has a general interest in wildlife and a terrific knowledge. Today he was championing moths and other wildlife as part of the Newcastle Expo. The moths in the photo were caught with a light trap last night. Early Thorn and Hebrew Character moths, among others, can be seen here. Angus runs a number of websites and a major moth-recording website at www.mothsireland.com