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May 2017

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

Heron in the Bracken

There’s a Grey Heron in the bracken at RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve. It’s at this point that I’m glad I’m not …

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

Beauty and Pain, Pain and Beauty

Nettles. I remember getting stung badly by Nettles as a child. What stopped the stinging wasn’t rubbing my poor legs with Dock …

Male Broad Bodied Chaser - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Chasing Broad-Bodied Chasers

There really is no point in chasing Broad-Bodied Chasers. That’s not because they are one of the commonest Dragonflies across Europe and …

Beautiful Demoiselle Calopteryx virgo - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Beautiful Demoiselle

There’s a female Beautiful Demoiselle perched next to the pond. I can tell it’s a female because it’s got white spots on …

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

It’s Chile on the dunes

A visit to Dawlish Warren, not for a kiss-me-quick hat or a round of adventure golf, but for the wildlife of the …

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

Little King

Wren. It’s such a simple, short and easy name. Wren. The Wren’s scientific name is Troglodytes troglodytes. That’s not as short or …

Common Spotted Orchid - Tudeley - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Common Spotted Orchid

The Common Spotted Orchid is an orchid which is common and spotted. They are just coming into flower all over this heathland …

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

Cowslips in the fields

Cowslips used to be universally known by British people. They were part of our culture, being made into garlands in May Day …

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

King Alfred’s Cakes

There’s an interesting fungus on this piece of dead wood. I’ve always known it as Cramp Balls, or Daldinia concentric, but my …

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

Rooks in flight

The River Exe has a railway line running the full length from Exmouth to Exeter on one side and from Dawlish Warren …

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

Buzzard in flight

I’m out for a walk along the River Exe with my camera. There are a few small wading birds around but nothing …

Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans) - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A Damselfly with a blue tail

There’s a Damselfly with a blue stripe on its tail over the water in Somerset: It’s a Blue-Tailed Damselfly, Ischnura elegans.

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

Great Crested Grebe

There’s a Great Crested Grebe on the lake at Ham Wall RSPB Reserve in Somerset one minute, and the next, it’s gone. …

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

Hairy Dragonfly

I was wondering what this hairy dragonfly was called: Then I found out it was called the Hairy Dragonfly. Some people are …

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

Lapwings displaying

There are a few Lapwings flying around RSPB Greylake in Somerset today. These two drew a wonderful image in the air.

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

Goldfinches building a nest

There’s a lot of twittering and chattering in the trees in the back garden. It’s a pair of Goldfinches who are busy …

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

Oak Apples

There’s an apple on an oak tree over there. It’s not a fruit though, it’s a gall caused by the Oak Apple …

Variable Damselfly (Coenagrion pulchellum) - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Variable Damselfly

There’s a Variable Damselfly Coenagrion pulchellum near the pond. They fly from May to August. The British Dragonfly Society (yes, there really …

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

Blackcap in the trees

Walking around RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve in Somerset I can hear singing. It must be a warbler of some sort but …

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

Linnets

The number of Linnets in Britain’s countryside has halved since I was a boy. I’m going to make the most of their …

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

A walk on Orley Common

Orley Common is a true common – absolutely no-one owns it or has ever owned it – it belongs to us all. …

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

Pheasant

Male Pheasants don’t do camouflage. This one’s face is like a beacon in the field.