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February 2017

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

Red-Breasted Merganser

I’d never seen a Red Breasted Merganser before and yet I knew instantly what this was. The name came bubbling back to …

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

Black Headed Gull

Black Headed Gulls know how to dress: those understated grey wings; not-white undercarriage; the eye shadow detail; and the accessories to die …

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

Gannet

Walking along the Bay of Tafts I’m sad to see the body of a Gannet. Its fragile ribs and delicate feathers are …

Boulders on my border - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Boulders on my border

The mini-boulders on Westray’s beaches are a never-ending source of stripes and spots of beautiful muted colours.

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

Robin

There’s a routered Robin portrait at the park which I’m admiring for its child-like simplicity. An then there’s the real thing. Utterly …

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

Confusing Gulls

Gulls are confusing. They all look superficially the same with their big bills, grey backs and beady eyes, but there are some …

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

Guano bicycle

All it takes is one broken window and the birds get in. When the birds get in they need a perch. And …

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

Brent Geese

There’s a flock of geese heading my way. As they come closer they get darker and darker. Brent Geese come in light-breasted …

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

Cormorant

To me, Cormorants are proof, if proof be needed, that birds are descended from Dinosaurs. They are just so… reptilian!

Carving in St Magnus Cathedral - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A smile on their face

The woodcarver who made this pair of birds in St Magnus Cathedral had a smile on their face. They look like lovebirds to me.

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

Red-Breasted Merganser

Finally a bit of sun and a return trip to Exminster Marshes is rewarded by a Red Breasted Merganser so curious it …

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

Urtica

There are lots of Nettles at Einar. Their scientific name is Urtica dioica, with urtica meaning to burn. They certainly do.

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

Cracks in the paving

I could stand and stare at the stone Orkney beaches for hours; and I sometimes do.

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

Treecreeper

Treecreepers are one of those common but hardly seen species of birds; they take being elusive to another level. Seeing them from …

Herring Gull - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Herring Gull

I’m photographing the beautiful, delicate and precise Black Headed Gulls this morning when I see this monster approaching. I’m so used to …

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

Bohemian Waxwings

I’ve only ever seen a Bohemian Waxwing once and it was happily gorging itself on berries on a busy urban road which …

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

Grey Squirrel

This routered portrait of a Grey Squirrel in the park is a cartoon exaggeration of their actual characteristics. They do look beautiful …