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

Mute

Photographing Swans is as difficult as photographing snow. They often appear bleached and featureless. Or bedraggled and dirty. Getting the exposure just …

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

The secret sex life of the Dunnock

Dunnocks are often unfairly overlooked. They are stunningly beautiful in close-up. You just need to get close: Here in Italy the beautiful …

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

Brambling

Forty years ago I saw a Brambling for the first time and noted it down in my childhood nature notebooks: Fringilla montifringilla. …

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

Chiff Chaff Chuffed

The weather forecast has been for sunshine today. I’ve been checking it all week. Sunny, it says. As the day gets closer …

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

Blue Tits with big bellies

I love Blue Tits. I’m used to seeing them in Devon. Here they are in Italy: This one so is immaculately groomed …

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

Pecking Wood

The Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos major, is a wonderful bird. This is a female coming in search of food at the WWF …

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

Why do Wagtails wag their tails?

These Grey Wagtails, Motacilla cinerea, are so beautiful. In Italy they are not known as Grey Wagtails, they are known as Ballerina …

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

Green-haired Limpet

I suspect this Limpet has been experimenting with a new hairstyle. That green hair must be quite high maintenance, because the waves …

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

Herons on the Lake

Incoming! Grey Herons such are lumbering giants with prehistoric overtones: This one’s landed in the water and is going for a paddle: …

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

The Death of Squirrel Nutkin

Today is Squirrel Appreciation Day, or, as it’s more commonly known, #squirrelappreciationday. Here’s my appreciation of Britain’s Squirrels: In the 1800s, Red …

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

Siskins

It’s a year since I took up bird photography properly and I can tell that I’m getting better. Partly it’s the practice …

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

Hawfinch in the forest

There’s been an influx of Hawfinches into the UK this autumn and winter. After checking the Devon Birds website I’ve been out …

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

The Imp of the Forest

Red Squirrels, like me, are addicted to fresh walnuts. Unlike me they have the teeth to get into them. Red Squirrels come prepared with a sharp set of nutcrackers already provided.

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

Marsh Tits

Marsh Tits are quite difficult to photograph. They are fast and pay only fleeting visits to exposed perches. There are far fewer …

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

Kestrel then and now

We are driving along a dusty road in Italy with telegraph poles alongside it. Every few hundred metres is a Kestrel, or, …

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

Little Egrets

Little Egrets are one of the most beautiful birds I’ve photographed. I remember the shock of seeing my first one from the …

Yellow Legged Gull - The Hall fo Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Colour co-ordinated Gulls

The brown waters of the River Tiber in Rome never seem to be able to reflect the intense blue of the sky …

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

Living on crumbs

Along the River Tiber in Rome there are many bridges. Under some of them, on the east side of the old city, …

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

Cormorants on the Tiber

Walking along the Tiber in Rome there are two waterfront boulevards. On one side it is beautiful, clean, well-lit, marked with a …

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

Heron on the Tiber

A Heron on a bridge over the River Tiber stands as still as an Ancient Roman statue.