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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 …

Black Headed Gull - Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Miss Havisham

This Black Headed Gull has flown through a spider’s web and is trailing fine filaments behind it in this low evening sunshine. …

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

Nuthatch

I’m watching a Nuthatch come in to a forest clearing in Italy and pick up sunflower seeds. They are quick. There must …

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

Blue Tit in the forest

It’s beautiful light in the forest as a Blue Tit approaches: A cloud obscures the sun and the colours of this bird …

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

Great Spotted Woodpecker

There’s a Great Spotted Woodpecker in this Italian forest. I hear the cry “Picchio Rosso Maggiore” and see it approach: This woodpecker’s …

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

The King of Fishers

The views of Kingfishers I’ve had before were fleeting. A brief glimpse of a flash of a bluish-emerald jewel disappearing over the …

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

Robins, Robins everywhere

We’re at a nature reserve in Italy, a WWF Oasi called the Lago di Alviano. There are European Robins here and they’re …

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

The Rusty Circler

It’s still early when we reach the lake at the Lago di Alviano. It’s a place of mists and muffled sounds. There’s …

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

Incoming Heron

There’s a Grey Heron incoming: I just hope it avoids the unsuspecting Pochard sleeping on the lake: And as soon as it’s …

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

The Elfin Saddle

We’ve taken a trip to Alviano to see the birds in the forest and on the lake. We had a fabulous time …

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

The Sea Ravens of Rome

I’m spending a few days exploring the urban wildlife of Rome. I’m in the centre of the city, on the River Tevere, …

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

Gulls on the Tiber

I’m walking along the River Tiber in the centre of Rome. There’s an upturned boat in the water with a Yellow Legged …

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

Urban wildlife

I’m spending a few days in Rome. I’m meandering around the back streets, ambling through city parks and strolling along the banks …

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

Beautiful Brittlegills

There are many brightly coloured species of fungi in Yarner Woods. These are all Russulas, to use their scientific name, or Brittlegills …

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

Cherries on an Oak

There are Cherry Galls, Cynips quercusfolii, on this fallen Oak leaf. Inside each are tiny wasp larvae, protected by the Oak’s reaction to …

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

Master of austerity

There’s only one species of Nuthatch in the UK, the Eurasian or European Nuthatch, Sitta europaea, and it only lives in England and Wales …

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

Getting the winter duvet out

It’s been a cold night and there’s an unexpected frost with this clear blue sky. There’s a Grey Squirrel above me. Instead …