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

Telegraph insulator

I recognised this piece of pottery on a Westray beach instantly. It’s that bit attached to a telegraph pole which insulates it. …

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

Colourful seaweed

I always had a sneaking suspicion that seaweed was all that strange brown colour. Not so. Just look:

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

Chocolate Headed Freshwater Gull

I remember reading as a small child that Black Headed Gulls don’t have black heads; they’re chocolate brown, and only that colour …

Seaweed on the Shore - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Seaweed on the shore

All it needs is a little rough weather and the beach at Grobust is filled with beautiful seaweed.

Seal and Turnstones - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Turnstone procession

This seal is having a snooze in Pierowall as Turnstones parade across the wet rocky shore. It doesn’t look as interested as …

The Eyes Have It - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The eyes have it

Visiting Westray as a tourist, one thing must strike you; You’re on holiday on someone’s farm. There are beautiful beef steers everywhere. …

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

Frankie Howerd Calls

Hearing an Eider Duck call is something you won’t forget. It’s hard to describe to someone without the same cultural references. It’s …

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

Water Rail

Water Rails are such skulking birds. They seem so shy and secretive. In fact I’d never seen one until today when I …

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

Camouflage

I found a shore crab on a Westray beach and then I lost it again.