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Dec 2018

Ring Necked Parakeet - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Ring Necked

There’s a Ring-Necked Parakeet in the park in Rome. They are so noisy and distracting. They are another example of how our …

Mycena epipterygia - The Hall of Einar

Yellowleg Bonnet

We’re having a field day. Or rather, I should say we’re having a woods day. We’re out having fun looking for as …

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

A tight bundle

There’s a tight bundle of curiously coloured mushrooms on this dead wood. It’s Sulphur Tuft. That’s such a perfect name. Their yellow …

Airone Bianco Maggiore

Airone Bianco Maggiore

Here’s the beautiful three-dimensional sign from a bird hide in Italy: It’s for the Great White Egret, which is a huge white …

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

Visitors to Ancient Rome

I’m walking along the main road between the Colosseum and the Forum in Rome. I know what you’re thinking, “Did a funny …

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

In a clearing in the forest

How cute is this character? It’s a Marsh Tit in a clearing in the forest here in Italy. We’re at the Lago …

Clouded Yellow - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Clouded Yellow

Seeing butterflies in November and December is an unexpected joy. This Clouded Yellow, Colias croceus, is wonderful to watch. There are Red Admirals, …

Black Redstart - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Black Redstart and blue skies

There’s a Black Redstart in the park here in Italy. I’m at Parco della Caffarella for the afternoon and finding the Black …

Water Rail - Orbetello - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Narcissus at the Source

I’m getting the usual view that everyone gets if they see a Water Rail: They are skulking birds which rarely come out …

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

Flaming Flamingo

At the Lido di Tarquinia there are Flamingoes. They are such surreal birds: Their reflections don’t look any better. This being Italy, …

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

Orange-toothed Swamp Beavers

Those teeth. They are extreme aren’t they? They’re bright orange. They belong to a Coypu, a semi-aquatic rodent from South America. They …