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

Swallow over the rainbow

I’ve seen some spectacular rainbows on Westray. Some have been fleeting. Some have been intense. Some have been full arcs which split …

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

Location of injury

Walking in the garden at the back of Einar I can see a mess of rotten wood painted green, tangled with chicken …

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

Life begins at the Hops

There’s a plant which normally grows in a place which is at the end of our walk. I’ve been looking forward to …

Gadwall at RSPB Ham Wall - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Gadwall at Ham Wall

There’s a group of five Gadwall making a racket as they fly in ridiculously close formation at RSPB Ham Wall. Close up …

Long-Tailed Bushtits RSPB Ham Wall - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A short tale about a long tail

Long-Tailed Bushtit at RSPB Ham Wall The Long Tailed Tit’s name is misleading. Just because its name is ‘tit’ people  always assume …

Burdock - Ham Wall - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Nature’s Velcro

The tiny hooks on the ends of Burdock burrs are waiting patiently for me to brush past them. Why use the wind …

Hawthorn at Ham Wall - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Haws

Hawthorn – one of the gifts of autumn.

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

Woodpigeon

Have you ever had a close look at a Woodpigeon? They are such extreme birds. Just look at those strange features: Now …

Westray Industrial Show - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Battle of Bere Bannock

The Battle of Bannockburn is a famous Scottish victory in the first Scottish War of Independence. Equally as momentous is the Battle …

Birds at the Peedie Sea - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Knots landing at the Peedie Sea

I’m wandering the shore at Kirkwall Harbour for an hour before the ferry takes me to Westray. I’m loving the complex singing …

Kirkwall at dawn - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Kirkwall at dawn

I’ve just woken up in a Viking city. A city which is only part of the UK, and not Norway, because King …

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

Kestrel in Hyde Park

I’m back in the UK after a trip to Italy looking for Little Owls. We didn’t see them apart from a brief …

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

More more

There are blackberries everywhere in the hedges here in Italy. They taste wrong though. They’re drier, harder, less juicy and far less …

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

Searching for Little Owls

It’s been a dream of mine to see a Little Owl again. When I was a young teenager my friend Michael had …