Currently browsing

July 2019

Cinnabar Moth - Boys Hall Moat - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A poisonous debate

Ragwort. It’s a beautiful yellow-flowered plant which flowers profusely in summer and is food for a myriad of wonderful creatures. Just look …

Goldfinch - Boys Hall Moat - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A new Goldfinch generation

There’s an adult Goldfinch twittering and chattering loudly from the top of one of the Oak trees at Boys Hall Moat. The …

Tree Sparrow at Bempton - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Tree Sparrows on the edge

I’ve only ever seen Tree Sparrows before at Tree Sparrow Farm. That’s a sign, isn’t it? If the place is named after …

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

Bempton birds – eyelids

Blinking birds. Gannets are everywhere at Bempton Cliffs. I’m hoping to get a good look at their eyes. Gannets’ eyes are special. …

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

Bempton birds – staring at the sky

Gannets look astonishingly alien, don’t they? They’re not inhabitants of this world. When they display to one another they point directly at …

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

One leaf or two?

Look at any seed of a flowering plant and there’s a major feature you may never have realised is there. You can …

Painted Lady Butterfly - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Thistle is the life

There are thistles everywhere here in Parco della Caffarella in Rome: They are very architectural against the flowing meadows of buttercups beneath: …

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

Little Egret

Walking around the park I see a Little Egret take flight: The Italian name for the Little Egret is Garzetta. That’s quite …

Bee Eaters - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A field full of bees

I’m in a field in a park in Rome. It’s annoying that I can hear a busy road nearby. Then I realise …

Tree Leaves - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Look up!

Looking straight ahead only ever gives you one view of life. It’s always a good idea to look sideways at your life …

Harris Hawk in Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Mobbing a Harris Hawk

I’ve got a day off in Rome and have spent the morning in Parco della Caffarella. There’s not much wildlife around and …

Pigeon in Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Precision

Just how precise is this feral Pigeon with its tiny twig? I’m not sure it’s going to be that much use as …

Italian Wall Lizard - Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Ruined

Ruin Lizards. No, that’s not an instruction. Ruins are where these Italian Wall Lizards live. In Italy there are civilisations’ worth of …