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Mar 2018

Stock Dove - Stover - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Stock Dove

There’s a pigeon above me. I think it’s a Wood Pigeon but it looks far too small and scrawny. It’s silhouetted in …

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

Fresh bedding

This Squirrel has a message to all dog owners at my local country park. It’s a polite request to keep dogs on …

Graphis scripts - Bridford Wood - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The secret writing on a lichen

In Bridford Wood there’s a tree. On the tree is an unusual lichen; it’s called Graphis scripta, the Secret Writing Lichen. It’s …

Holden Clough frogspawn - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Spawn of the Frog

Will future generations have the same thrill of recognition as I do when I see a mass of frog spawn in the pond at Holden Clough?

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

Russian Corks

It’s getting more and more unusual to find Russian corks on the beaches and sea caves on Westray. Here are some sheltering …

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

Snow upon snow

Snow is a problem for people when you don’t prepare for it. It’s also a problem for wildlife. I’m wearing boots, waterproof …

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

Blue Tit in the snow

Snow has been falling all afternoon and delicate powdery flakes have been cushioning the world into a different, eerie, soft and soundless …

Seal on Westray - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Seal haul

In Pierowall on Westray in Orkney, the seals haul themselves up onto the rocks in the Bay. They lie scattered like the …

The Snare of the Fowler

The Snare of the Fowler

I’m enjoying leafing through a copy of Lilliput magazine from February 1955. ‘Lilliput is a man’s magazine’, it declares on the cover. …

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

Face like a shovel

There’s a deluxe duck in a flooded field in Exeter: It’s a Northern Shoveler: It has a face like a shovel. It’s …

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

Egrets, I’ve had a few

I recently saw Little Egrets in Italy: Little Egrets Today I’m in Exeter and there’s one hunting on the Exe: Egretta garzetta …

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

Curlew wading

I recently saw a flock of over 100 Curlews on the fields at the side of the River Exe. They seem to …