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

Coal Tit at Crime Lake

I can hear a Coal Tit squeaking in the tree above. I’d love to get a photograph of it. Then I spot …

Jackdaw - Crime Lake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Jackdaw

There’s a Jackdaw flying fast towards me at Crime Lake: What a bird! It’s hard for me to be motivated to take …

Dew - Crime Lake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Dew

Early morning dew.

Coot - Crime Lake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Coots’ Nest

I’m up at dawn, which is unheard of for me, unless I’m in Orkney, where getting up is aided by the distinct …

Magpie - Crime Lake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Pica pica

Magpies are handsome birds. I keep reading about how intelligent they are. Intelligence is one of those factors which is so difficult …

Chinese Goose - Crime Lake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Chinese Geese

I’ve only ever seen Chinese Geese once before and that was here, at Crime Lake near Manchester. Here’s my previous visit: You …

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

What’s in a crop?

Whenever I take wildlife photographs I always have to develop them digitally on the same day. If that means a late night, …

Leucistic Knott - Lodmoor - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Feeling Ruff

There’s a wader at RSPB Lodmoor. Obviously I don’t know which species it is; it’s a wader. How would I know? A …

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

Flutters a thing of light

It’s a wonderful evening, with soft evening light, on Trendlebere Down on Dartmoor. There’s the familiar sound of twittering as a small …

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

Noisy chirping

I’ve put a bird feeder outside my front window in Devon. It’s buzzing with activity, with House Sparrows, Robins, Dunnocks, Blue Tits, …

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

New life

April and May are wonderful months for new growth. The sheep at Emsworthy Mire have been busy. This little lamb is particularly …

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

Making the bed

There’s a pair of Long-Tailed Bushtits at Stover Country Park. They’re busy making a nest in a Gorse bush next to the …

Canada Geese - Lodmoor - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Four Elements

The Classical world had four elements, earth, air, fire and water. Canada Geese seem to inhabit all four. Here’s one on earth …

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

Scricciolo

The Italian name for the Wren is scricciolo. When you hear just how loud they screech, that makes perfect sense:

Lesser Yellowlegs - Lodmoor - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Lesser Yellowlegs

It’s beautiful weather in Weymouth. The sun is out, birds are singing and I’m full of the joys of spring. I’m back …

Herring Gull - Lodmoor - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Gulls in Weymouth

RSPB Lodmoor is in Weymouth on the south coast of England. I’m travelling through and have brought my camera for a few …

Teal - RSPB Lodmoor - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Teal Green

Teal are small, very decorative ducks. The males have chestnut and green coloured heads and strange beige bottoms: The females are subtle …

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

Coltsfoot

Since I’m in Lincoln with an hour to spare I’m off to Whisby Nature Park. It’s a classic exhausted gravel pit which …

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

Don’t bark at me, deer

I’m in Lincoln today and just heading off for a brief visit to Whisby, a park with the possibility of some water …

Shelduck - RSPB Lodmoor - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Sheldrakes

There’s a Shelduck walking on mud at RSPB Lodmoor. It’s sinking gently, despite its webbed feet, into the black ooze. It’s a …

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

Skylarking

The Skylarks are busy, here at Aust near Bristol. The RSPB says, “Its recent and dramatic population declines make it a Red …

Meadow Pipit - Aust - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Meadow Pipit Parachutes

I’m paying a quick visit to Aust near Bristol. It’s on the River Severn with a clear view of the two Severn …

Bull - RSPB Lodmoor - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Not a cute tummy button

She was looking at the beef steers when she said, “I love the cute tufts of hair on their bellies.” I looked …

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

Fluttering Dunnock

There’s a Dunnock in the gloom at Seaton Wetlands. Once you look carefully you’ll never view them as just a brown bird. …