Brimstone - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Brimstone without the Treacle

It’s still only March and yet there are butterflies in this woodland glade. I can see they are an unnerving sulphur yellow …

Great White Egret - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Great White Egret

The Italians call Great White Egrets L’airone bianco maggiore. This sign tells us what we should be looking for: a large heron …

Chiff Chaff - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Chiff Chaff

Chiff Chaffs are difficult to see. They are small, they are camouflaged, and they move so quickly that just when you see …

Kingfisher - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Martin the fisherman

I’m in Italy on the trail of some interesting birds. The signs are good, literally, as there’s a big three-dimensional sign with …

Black Headed Gull - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Summer plumage in winter

The Black Headed Gull is a wonderful, delicate bird with fabulous plumage. In the breeding season its head turns a shade of …

Red Fox - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Volpe

I’m in Italy in a nature reserve and we’re looking for a tame fox, or Volpe as the Italians have it. All …

Little Grebe - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Little Grebe

I’ve never seen a Little Grebe before but when I see the most ridiculous-looking pocket-sized fluffy duck-like bird I know what it …

Run, rabbit, run - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Run, rabbit, run

If you’re interested in wildlife you may wonder why so much of it is so difficult to see. Why are animals so …

The Italian Chapel - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Italian Chapel has twins

Orkney’s Italian Chapel was once part of a large complex of Nissen huts with tracks and gardens. For many years it has …

Black Redstart - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Black Redstart

I love Black Redstarts; they behave so much like Robins. Both are members of the same family, being Old World Flycatchers. Here’s …

Barbed wire sunset - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Barbed wire sunset

It’s only a small climb to the top of the field at Einar, but the view is so rewarding at this time …

The Limpet twins - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Limpet Twins

Limpets are a personal favourite of mine; especially with garlic. No, seriously I love the rock-licking kneecaps a great deal. Here they …

Raven over rooftops - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Raven over rooftops

There’s a Raven over my roof. Here it is with the top of my capped-off chimney below it. Its wingtips are lit …

Moorhen - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Moorhen on the pond

Moorhens are such skulking birds it’s not often I get the chance to admire them. Here they have such amazing vivid colours …