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

A Dunlin feast

There’s a huge tide of seaweed washed up in the bay at North Haven on Westray. We check for seals on the …

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

Nursery

There’s a beautiful nursery down below on these precarious cliffs: Adult Gannets are tending to their chicks and grooming themselves and each …

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

Pickieternos v Bonxies

Orkney has its own names for its birds. Many of these are from the Old Norse language and came with the Vikings …

Puffin with Fish - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Puffin with Sandeels

I’ve only had fleeting glances of Puffins with Sandeels as they whizz past at 30 miles per hour. I’m delighted to see …

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

Air Traffic Control

The RSPB say that Gannets are: “…distinctively shaped with a long neck and long pointed beak, long pointed tail, and long pointed …

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

Skewered by a Skua

I normally only see Great Skuas from behind as they disappear along the cliffs. They have a wonderful habit of cruising up …

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

Declining Kittiwakes

The weather is dramatic and so are the Kittiwakes calling below: They are such refined and elegant birds: Their families are growing …

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

When a Gannet lands next to us

It’s blustery at the top of the 60 metre-high cliffs on Westray’s Noup Head. We’re surrounded by Gannets flying past us when …

Hedgehog rescue - The Hall fo Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Rescuing a thirsty Hedgehog

Rescuing a thirsty Hedgehog from the road and having a heartmelting few minutes as we give it a much needed drink. Filmed …

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

Razorbills

Our first trip out to see the Razorbills, Alca torda, is a success: we can see them: There’s even a brief chance …

Curious Cattle - The Hall of Einar

Curious cattle

It’s ten years since I took this photograph of cattle on Westray in the field next to Einar: Curiosity Cow The cattle …

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

Good Gannets above!

Noup Head is an exciting place to be when the Gannets are flying: They are massive: When the weather conditions are just …

Razorbill meets Puffin - The Hall of Einar

Razorbill and Puffin meet

I’m sitting on the cliffs of Westray on a beautiful day. I’m wearing full camouflage. I’ve been taking photographs of birds as …

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

Posing for Puffin Portraits

I’ve opened a photographic studio here on Westray. No, not for people, but for Puffins. I have a range of natural backdrops, …

Mice eat soap - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Mice nibble… #14

Mice. Yes, mice. They really will nibble anything. Anything. This used to be a nice bar of soap. It’s perhaps the last …

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

Kittiwakes are calling

Kittiwakes are the most beautiful and delicate of the gulls. Their yellow beaks, black legs, dark eyes and plaintive call are so …

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

The Lily Must Decay

Churchyards are always a sobering experience. I love looking at gravestones and the ones in the graveyard of the ruins of Lady …

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

Great Black Backed Gull

Great Black Backed Gulls are gulls, yet on an epic scale. Seeing one coming towards you is quite a sight: That’s some …

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

Spotted by a Skua

Seeing an Arctic Skua is like witnessing a mythical bird come to life. If they didn’t exist they would have to have …

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

Sea Pies

Oystercatchers are known as Skeldro, Chaldro, or Shaalder in Orkney. If you think those names are difficult, internationally they are known as …

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

Wren on the coast

The wild Atlantic coast of Westray in Orkney is not for the feint hearted on a blustery day. There are Fulmars sailing …