At Birds Ireland we believe in leaving the world we inherited better than we found it. That is why all our collection is printed using vegetable inks on PEFC board. Our packaging is from sustainable, responsibly managed forests.
Our aim, in this most recent photographic collection, Moments in Nature, is to present you with a visual experience of a selection of Irish Birds, Butterflies, Moths, Insects and Mammals. Our mission is to reinterpret the energy and beauty of these subjects through the lens of a camera.
Wildlife doesn't worry about yesterday or ponder the future... it lives in the constantly shifting state of now. With our photography, we hope to draw you into their world.
Bird and Wildlife Photographer
I was first inspired by nature when my mother lifted me up to look out the kitchen window to watch a female House Sparrow feeding her chicks. I was no more than three years old then and was instantly hooked by the natural world around me. To this day, I still possess that sense of wonder in nature. It is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received.
For my 21st birthday, my generous parents presented me with my first 'real' camera; a Minolta SLR with a Tamron 500mm mirror lens. This allowed me the opportunity to capture moments in nature for the first time. Now, 40 years later, using a Canon R7 mirrorless body with Canon 100-500mm and 500mm prime lenses, my aim is to share these special moments with a wider audience. To date, my photography has appeared in various journals throughout the world and my images are a core element to the numerous public, private and corporate events I speak at. Sharing my sense of wonder in nature with an audience is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my work.
I have also been lucky to get an opportunity to write and am the author of ten bird and wildlife books including Ireland's Wildlife Year, Finding Birds in Ireland, the Complete Field Guide to Ireland's Birds and my memoirs, Don't Die in Autumn. I have made numerous TV appearances, have presented and written several radio documentaries, and am a team member of the popular Mooney Goes Wild Show on RTE Radio 1.
I was born and raised in Finglas in north Dublin but am now enjoying life with Hazel in our small piece of wildness we call home in Co. Wicklow.
Creature Happiness Agent
I also share a love of nature, birds and all things wild since being knee high to a grasshopper. Growing up on a farm in Co. Wicklow, provided a privileged childhood with an unlimited amount of wild and wonderful adventures. Having gone on to spend 30 years working with humans within the confines of an aluminum tube, whilst jetting across continents and time zones, I hugely appreciated the opportunity to return to the townland of my birthplace to create a home fit for myself and the many creatures that would find their way here. Meeting and marrying Eric was the long-awaited missing jigsaw piece. Together, we run the small bird photography business from our home 'Lodge Sycamore Hill' where the surrounding wilderness garden provides a tranquil habitat for some of the wildlife which are captured in this series of photographs.
AS SEEN ON RTE
Eric follows the migration of Swallows from Ireland to South Africa. Watch his contribution in this piece for the award-winning epic TV series, Wild Journeys.
We are blown away by the feedback we receive when people receive one of our limited edition prints.
The proud owner of one of Eric's prints, the Short-eared Owl, given to me as a gift
Nobody captures Irish Wildlife quite like Eric Dempsey, his exceptional prints of the Red Kites (previous collection) are a firm favourite of mine and a wonderful reminder of the successful reintroduction programme and the many happy days we spent watching them soaring in the skies over the Wicklow National Park.
Eric's prints are really stunning... they're the perfect gift for any nature lover. I bought a print for my Dad, and had to go back to buy one for myself! Beautiful!
I'm delighted with the prints I have purchased from you. They are in pride of place on my lounge wall and I feel joy everytime I look at them. I will definately be purchasing more of Erics photography soon!
I’m excited to have received more prints from Eric Dempsey! I have bought several in the past and I’m proud to say... they are the talk of visitors in my home! Such detail in catching wildlife moments! You can tell each photo comes from the heart!
We have just received the most beautiful gift of one of your Corncrake prints. We live listening to them when on holiday in Donegal. My sister surprised us with your print as a great souvenir of our lovely holiday in Donegal. Many thanks Eric, a Curlew print will be next in my wish list.
Eric, so pleased to own your inspiring Buff B photograph from your previous collection. It has pride of place in my study. It triggers fond memories of my birding with you and my first sighting of this gorgeous species. Thank you.