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

More Stonechatting

A few days ago I went looking for Stonechats on Trendlebere Down and met this female: Stonechats on Trendlebere Down and Tunnicliffe’s …

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

Roe Deer on Dartmoor

Stumbling through the undergrowth on Trendlebere Down, part of East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve, I find a complete Roe Deer skeleton. It’s …

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

Colour on a grey day

There are Dartmoor ponies on Trendlebere Down on East Dartmoor: It’s a heathland habitat which was largely destroyed by fire, caused by …

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

House Sparrows

The car park of the out of town shopping centre is empty apart from my car. I haven’t bought anything and the …

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

Blackbird

There are Blackbirds at the top of many trees at this time of year. Their beautiful singing fills the air and gladdens …

Trametes versicolor - Orley Common - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Tail of the Turkey

Turkey Tail fungus, Trametes versicolor, is everywhere: Here it is in Fungorum qui in Bavaria et Palatinatu circa Ratisbonam nascuntur icones, nativis …

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

Great Tits

I’m going to let these photographs speak for themselves: Great Tits are such attractive birds: A description is unnecessary: So I ought …

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

Mining Holly leaves

Out in the woods I’m surrounded by the familiar shape of Holly bushes, Ilex aquifolium. It’s also a familiar feeling as the …

Long-Tailed Tit - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Long-Tailed Bushtits

It’s raining and the weather is dull. It’s not great light for photography, but it is great light for observation. These Long-Tailed …

Dacrymyces déliquescents - Dunster - the Hall fo Einar - photograph (c ) David Bailey (not the)

What a difference a lens makes

Forty years ago I kept detailed nature notebooks. I wrote down everything I saw and identified with enthusiasm, including the smallest of …

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

A Coal Tit record breaker

Coal Tits are record breakers. Not for their size, their distribution or their number of eggs. It’s because a pair of Coal …

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

Chaffinch

This female Chaffinch is in bright sunshine against a sky like a painting: This male has wonderful bright colours. He’s in full …

Violet Oil Beetle - Bridford Wood - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Violet Oil Beetles

In Bridford Wood there are glades and clearings full of wild daffodils. As I meander around them, stepping on Ramsons and sniffing …

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

Oop oop, Oop oop, Oop oop

It’s a noise like no other. I know it isn’t a pigeon or a dove. It’s a loud insistent “Oop oop.” I …

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

Mandarin

There’s a male Mandarin Duck, Aix galericulata, steaming towards me over the lake: It’s hard to imagine the evolutionary pressures which have …

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

Robin Orange-Breast

Robins don’t have red breasts; they are orange, surely? Maybe they are called red because it’s alliterative with Robin. Maybe they’re called …

Great Spotted Woodpecker - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Great Spotted Woodpecker

There’s a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the tree in front of me. It knows I’m here because it’s keeping to the other …

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

Blue Tits

Blue Tits weren’t always called Blue Tits. They were once called Titmice or Titmouse. The mice or mouse in their name doesn’t …

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

Seaton Wetlands

Sunshine; warmth; the feel of spring in the air. It’s a while since I’ve felt that; and that’s also true for wildlife. …

Serpula himantiodes - the Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Dry rot’s wild cousin

I’ve owned a house which had dry rot. It’s not something I’d wish on anyone. Having the fungus, Serpula lacrymans, creeping through …

Groatie Buckies - The Hall of Einar

Groatie Buckies

On the table in the Groatie Buckies cafe on Westray, run by Stewart and Marian Groat, is a jar of Groatie Buckies. …

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

A solitary Goosander on the canal

Goosanders are such wonderful birds. They have amazing sawtooth bills to grip slippery fish underwater. I can see the solitary individual still …