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  • the HALL of EINAR on Italian Wall Lizard sunbathing in AprilYes, Giovanni, the Italian Wall Lizards weren't in Westray! They were where they belong - in Italy. They were near Putignano in Puglia in the far south of Italy. They seem to have spread in different parts of the world very successfully - in fact they are reported as a case study in rapid evolution after several different subspecies have formed in island populations. Please tell me more about your research.
  • Giovanni Zappia (@gzappia64) on Italian Wall Lizard sunbathing in AprilHi, I was doing some research on Italian Wall Lizards and found this post. Nice pictures, can you tell me where they were taken? I assume not in Westray. There are Italian wall lizard living in Long Island, the Bronx spreading to Connecticut and Boston; also in New Jersey, Kansas and Los Angeles.
  • the HALL of EINAR on Swallows in the airIt's my pleasure Karen. It's a shame that so little thought is put into giving our wildlife a home when so little effort is needed to make room for it. I hope your Swallows find another nesting site.
  • Karen Harvey aka 'Poet on the Beach' on Swallows in the airAbsolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing these pictures. Swallows always nest in the eaves and under the guttering of the 4 story high flats opposite my dining room, but the flats have been upgraded, thick insulation boards have been added to the outside of the building which has taken the outer wall to the edge of the Sofits so there is no overhang at all. I saw them flying round a few weeks ago and I was so sad for them. I hoped they would nest under our Sofits but we live in a bungalow so I don't think they...
  • the HALL of EINAR on The Lesser Kestrels of Matera #2Thank you :) They're beautiful birds. I'll take a new look at Wood Pigeons after your comments. I did see a Cuckoo fly out in front of my bicycle last week and for a moment thought I was seeing a Sparrowhawk!
  • microtis on The Lesser Kestrels of Matera #2Magnificent photographs of a stunning bird :-) I've seen the odd example before - I can't remember exactly where but probably Brittany and possibly the SW English coast As far as mimicry is concerned, I have little to add except to observe that to my mind the Wood Pigeon looks uncannily raptor-like - until it lands and waddles around my garden like an over-weight turkey.
  • the HALL of EINAR on Agile feetThanks Nigel for your kind comment. I've been careful with my impulse control ever since!
  • the HALL of EINAR on Agile feetAgreed. And it doesn't even really fit in my pocket!
  • microtis on Agile feetI want to press a 'Like' button on all your blog posts David, but this warrants the shedding of a little tear that your childhood disappointment was entirely justified.
  • the HALL of EINAR on The top 10 reasons you shouldn’t visit WestrayPuffins tend to come in from the sea in the evening - although at certain times they're visible all day - depends upon the stage of their nesting and chick feeding. Noup is ideal for Gannets now - even though they only started nesting there in the last few years. And everything is weather dependent! I hope you have a fabulous time. Let us know?
  • David Savile on The top 10 reasons you shouldn’t visit WestrayI'm definitely not coming on 11th May 2017. If I don't go to Castle of Burrian, the puffins I miss by not going...will they have been there during the day, or will they have been at sea and only there in the evening? Also by not visiting Noup Head that day too, will I miss loads of gannets?
  • HeavenlyJane on Agile feetPocket guides are nearly useless.
  • the HALL of EINAR on A wild Goosander chaseThanks very much. I'm a little worried about being seen as a duck worrier!
  • heavenlyjane on A wild Goosander chaseWell worth the effort!
  • Vernon’s Half-Mourner – the HALL of EINAR on Green Veined White – forty years ago in my nature notebooks[…] wings but strange and beautiful green patterned underwings. It’s small and definitely not a Green Veined White. Could it be I wonder? Could it […]
  • the HALL of EINAR on Robbing RobinThanks for your comment Rebecca. It's a pleasure to have your company here. I don't regard myself as a twitcher either - the very word makes me twitch! I hope you'll have a wonderful time in Orkney and that the weather will be as kind as the people.
  • Rebecca on Robbing RobinI'm not a twitcher ( I hope that's the correct word) but I love your blog. I've been reading it for some time and enjoy your view of Westray, Orkney and the world. We will be visiting Orkney in August from Sydney, Australia and I just wanted to thank you for all the tips you have given. I especially enjoyed the 10 reasons not to visit Westray!
  • “Oh look – there’s a Siskin.” – the HALL of EINAR on Red-Breasted Merganser[…] birds means that even though it’s forty years later I know exactly what it is. When I saw a Red-Breasted Merganser recently I could hear a voice telling me “That’s a Merganser” even though there […]
  • HeavenlyJane on The Limpet TwinsThanks for the chuckle.
  • Karen Harvey aka 'Poet on the Beach' on Heron in the mistWonderful. We were watching our herons nesting antics a few days ago here in Pwllheli. Spring is almost here.
  • Carl on Bohemian WaxwingsFantastic moment David, magical birds!
  • the HALL of EINAR on A Wren in the garden – forty years ago in my nature notebooksI only draw very occasionally now Karen - it's something I'm trying to do more. It needs dedication, discipline and time to explore and make mistakes. I tend to default to photography and book design for my creative fix.
  • Karen Harvey aka 'Poet on the Beach' on A Wren in the garden – forty years ago in my nature notebooksThat is an excellent drawing for a 12 year old. Do you still draw? Capturing great photos and cropping them etc. is an art in itself. I really enjoy getting updates on your blog, this is one I overlooked. Thank you. The herons are about to nest here in Pwllheli. They nest very close to the road and they are a wonderful sight to see.