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

Clean or unclean?

Clean or unclean? That is the question. For most religions there are deeply-held beliefs about handling and eating animals. There are cultural …

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

When Robin and Blackbird meet

Within bird species there’s a strict pecking order. It’s played out in battles over territory, food and mates. Robins are some of …

Stock Dove at Stover - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Stock Dove

Slowly, very slowly, I’m getting closer to a decent photograph of a Stock Dove. I need to get closer. I need to …

Blackbird at Stover - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Black Blackbird bird

I love how scaly male Blackbirds look in the sunshine. This one has a few white feathers. It’s leucistic to a tiny …

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

Sorrowful Robin

Robins are quite different from the common public perception. Here’s one with an injury after a rival had drawn blood. The poor …

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

Duck!

Ducks are a constant source of comedy. If you want to tell a joke including an animal, a duck is the safest …

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

Heron portraits

It’s difficult light in The Regent’s Park in central London, but I’m making the most of being this close to a Grey …

Rock Pipit - Brixham - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Rock Pipits on breakwater beach

This is the view from Brixham’s Breakwater Beach on a pleasant day. There’s the insistent calling and elegant undulating flight of two …

Turnstone at Brixham - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Ruddy Turnstone portraits

After the shock of getting so close to Ruddy Turnstones I decided to try some portrait photography. Here’s my first approach: They …

Greta Thunberg - The Hall of Einar

Why do people hate Greta Thunberg?

I’ve noticed something consistent in all my social media feeds; a deep-seated hatred of Greta Thunberg. She’s the 17 year old young …

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

Mistle Thrushes and mistletoe

There’s a Grey Squirrel barking in alarm in this Devon churchyard. I’ve not heard one bark like that before. “Must be a …

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

Gran Canaria – the outtakes

It’s been an incredible few days in Gran Canaria with my son. We’ve laughed and smiled at so many great experiences. The …

Barranco de Barafonso - Gran Canaria - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Barranco de Barafonso

My son has another photograph he’d like to take. He’s researched it all and knows the route we’ll be taking and we’re …

Bertholet's Pipit - Gran Canaria - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Pipit on parade

Many of the plants on Gran Canaria have given up on having leaves. Some have evolved to simply have stems and spikes, …

The dunes of Maspalomas, Gran Canaria - The Hall of Einar

The dunes of Maspalomas

My son has a specific photograph in mind and he wants to get it. He’s a very driven young man. The location’s …

Bertholet's Pipit - Gran Canaria - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Pipit

We can see Tenerife in the distance. The peak, Teide, is 3718 meters high. No wonder it’s visible above the clouds. Peeping nearby …

Canary Islands Kestrel - Gran Canaria - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Incoming!

We’ve diverted from our route slightly to visit Roque Bentayga on Gran Canaria. Looking down into the ravine, it’s great to see …