Irish Coastguard Helicopter at Hook Head

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The Irish Coast Guard Helicopter (or at least one of them) was out and about while we were on Hook Head last week.  I was getting back into the car having taken a few photos of the lighthouse, when I heard the ‘copter approaching.

Thinking I could grab a few photos of it, I practically galloped across the rocks in my attempt not to miss out on shooting the massive red and white beast!

Coastguard Helicopter

Unfortunately, as big and all as it was, it was a good bit further away than I thought.

Coastguard Helicopter

 

And the blinding sun was in my eyes….which didn’t help….

…..and my lens wouldn’t zoom in any further.  (I’ve done a zoom and crop with Photoshop here.)

 

Coastguard Helicopter

 

I’m not sure what exactly was going on with the yachts, but it seemed like I was doomed to take photos of the chopper in microscopic proportions.

Coastguard Helicopter

Until……

Coastguard helicopter

 

Dun Dun DUUUUUUNNNNNN!!!!

 

See what it’s doing in that picture?? It’s TURNING!!!

 

I nearly fell off the rocks with the excitement of it!! (I’d have seen it an awful lot closer if I had.)

 

Coastguard Helicopter

 

Coming STRAIGHT at me!!!

 

And I managed to get a couple of half decent photos after all.

 

Coastguard Helicopter

 

HALF decent, I said….

 

Coastguard Helicopter

 

Ok, so they’re not BRILLIANT photos, but I think I got more enjoyment out of watching the chopper more than anything else – they’re just so magnificent!

I’ve been a little bit fascinated by them since 2009 when I participated in a National Civil Defence Exercise in Kilworth. Below are a few photos from the day.

Coastguard Helicopter

 

Coastguard Helicopter

 

Coastguard Helicopter - Cockpit

 

Coastguard Helicopter

2 thoughts on “Irish Coastguard Helicopter at Hook Head

  1. The Irish Coastguard Helicopter Operates Searches in the Sea the Mountains During the Day and During the Night 24 Hours a Day 7 Days a Week Including Public Holidays.

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