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Jackdaw - Beachy Head - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Jackdaws and Skittles

There’s a Jackdaw on the cliffs at Beachy Head in East Sussex. It has its beak open and is panting in this …

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

Almost unremittingly awful

For Day 19 of #30DaysWild I’m working inside all day and then have a six hour car drive across the country. It’s …

Southern Marsh Orchid - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Southern Marsh Orchid

I’m in the South, standing in a Marsh and surrounded by Orchids. Could they be Southern Marsh Orchids, I wonder?

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

Rock ledges

The sedimentary rock on Westray breaks into hundreds of ledges where the layers of time wear them away.

Run, rabbit, run - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Run, rabbit, run

If you’re interested in wildlife you may wonder why so much of it is so difficult to see. Why are animals so …

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

The Italian Chapel has twins

Orkney’s Italian Chapel was once part of a large complex of Nissen huts with tracks and gardens. For many years it has …

Barbed wire sunset - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Barbed wire sunset

It’s only a small climb to the top of the field at Einar, but the view is so rewarding at this time …

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

The Limpet Twins

Limpets are a personal favourite of mine; especially with garlic. No, seriously I love the rock-licking kneecaps a great deal. Here they …

Raven over rooftops - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Raven over rooftops

There’s a Raven over my roof. Here it is with the top of my capped-off chimney below it. Its wingtips are lit …

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

Gannet

Walking along the Bay of Tafts I’m sad to see the body of a Gannet. Its fragile ribs and delicate feathers are …

Boulders on my border - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Boulders on my border

The mini-boulders on Westray’s beaches are a never-ending source of stripes and spots of beautiful muted colours.

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

Guano bicycle

All it takes is one broken window and the birds get in. When the birds get in they need a perch. And …

Carving in St Magnus Cathedral - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A smile on their face

The woodcarver who made this pair of birds in St Magnus Cathedral had a smile on their face. They look like lovebirds to me.

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

Urtica

There are lots of Nettles at Einar. Their scientific name is Urtica dioica, with urtica meaning to burn. They certainly do.

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

Cracks in the paving

I could stand and stare at the stone Orkney beaches for hours; and I sometimes do.