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

Longhorn on the Giant Fennel

Out in the countryside in Matera in Italy, the dry heat and the scent of herbs surrounds us. I particularly love the …

Thomisus on flower - Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Spiderbombing

I don’t know how long photobombing has been ‘a thing’. Spoiling someone’s photograph by appearing in it unexpectedly must have appeared very …

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

The Lesser Kestrels of Matera #9

There are Lesser Kestrels before breakfast, Lesser Kestrels on the way to breakfast, a break from Lesser Kestrels for breakfast and then Lesser Kestrels after breakfast. In Matera, there are Lesser Kestrels everywhere.

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

The Lesser Kestrels of Matera #8

It’s five o’clock in the morning and she’s calling immediately outside our window. I think she wants her mate. The tone is …

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

The Lesser Kestrels of Matera #7

We’re having close encounters of the wildlife kind: There are Lesser Kestrels all over Matera. I’m sure the locals must become immune …

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

Spotted Flycatcher

I know that bird! Without even seeing it properly, I know its behaviour. It’s a Spotted Flycatcher: It’s hidden behind a largish …

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

Hooded Crows at Villa Pamphilj

We’re at the park in Rome and there are Hooded Crows galore here. It’s fabulous light, though a little late in the …

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

A Wood Duck would duck

There’s a Wood Duck in the park at Villa Doria Pamphilj. I’ve not seen one before. I won’t forget seeing one: Aren’t …

Butterbur - Crime Lake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Butterbur

There’s a plant I recognise from my childhood here at Daisy Nook Country Park. I remember seeing it a little further up …

Pied Flycatcher in Yarner Wood - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Flied Piecatchers

Every April and May these tiny birds fly from West Africa to ancient woodlands in Wales and the west of England. Pied …

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

Cherry Blossom

Seasons come and seasons go. The cycles of life are relentless. Time to sit or stand and wonder at the natural world …

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

Blink and you miss it

Spring. It’s already sprung. Blink and you might miss it. That’s even more reason to get out and see what the natural …

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

Grey Wagtail, not Yellow Wagtail

There’s a movement on the River Medlock at Daisy Nook Country Park. It’s constant; a wagging tail and a fluttering of wings …

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

Not a dull brown bird at all

An early morning for me at Crime Lake near Manchester and there’s bright light on this Dunnock: I could never be a …

Canada Goose - Crime Lake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Self-inflicted

Canada Geese are, surprisingly, hated by many people in the UK. It’s fascinating to look at why we’re so antagonistic towards them. …

Robin - Crime Lake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Appearances can be deceptive

There’s a Robin in beautiful weather at Crime Lake. If anyone wants to start or renew a connection with nature I always …