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

Calling Coots

The Coots at Stover Country Park are busy. I can see their nest in the bushes, barely above the water level. They …

Mallard - RSPB Lodmoor - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Mallard malady

This male Mallard looks so healthy in the spring sunshine: It takes a lot of nutritious food to make the complex chemistry …

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

Checking for Sparrowhawks

The life of a Blue Tit is short and full of peril. Their average lifespan is between two and three years. The …

Black-Tailed Godwit - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Flying Godwits

I enjoyed going to RSPB Lodmoor in Weymouth so much that I decided to have another trip. I stopped off on the …

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

Mandarin

The RSPB say there are 2,300 breeding pairs of Aix galericulata, the Mandarin Duck, in the UK. I’m very glad about that. …

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

Swimming in the air

I love Woodpigeons, or, as some people would say, I love Wood Pigeons. Their faces are so characterful. The white patch on …

Black-Tailed Godwit - Lodmoor - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Black-Tailed Godwits

I’ve seen Black-Tailed Godwits before, but never this close: If I was a birder I’d describe this as not just ‘showing well’, …

House Sparrow - Lodmoor - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Houseless Sparrows

Where have all the House Sparrows gone? In my lifetime their numbers have collapsed so there is just one House Sparrow now, …

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

The Deceiver

The Deceiver. It’s such a great name for a mushroom. It’s has depth, a backstory and a certain presence. I love it. …

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

Acrobats

This doesn’t look like a finely tuned athlete to me: There’s nothing to give you the impression of suppleness or strength or …

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

Brown Blackbird

Blackbirds are stunningly attractive. The plumage of the females is exceptional. It’s so subtle. Unlike the males. The males are definitely dressed …

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

The Three Ravens

We’re at RSPB Lodmoor in Weymouth. It’s a grey day. It’s the perfect dramatic atmosphere for Ravens. There are a group of …

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

Spring

Early in the morning the light is a cool blue There are signs of spring everywhere: The light warms to an amber …

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

Purple flash

This female Mallard duck is showing a very distinctive wing patch. It’s called a speculum. No, not that kind of speculum, it’s …

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

Nuthatch

Nuthatches rarely find huge quantities of food in the wild. It’s only when they find a treasure-trove of fabulous food left by …

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

A Blue Tit master of chiaroscuro

Bird photography is all about closeness and light. Sometimes the two arrive together and provide the perfect combination. This Blue Tit shows …

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

Marilyn

It’s not 1am. It’s not New York. It’s not 1954. I’m not Billy Wilder. There aren’t 100 male photographers here. There aren’t …

Honey Bee by Ippykak

Honey Bee

No, not that kind of Honey Bee. The metaphorical Honey Bee. Back in 2013 I popped down to the beach with my …

Marsh Tit - Stover - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Marsh Tits

I usually only get to glimpse Marsh Tits. They are small, quick, beautiful and elusive. Unlike other Tits they seem to be …

Lesser Horseshoe Bat - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Four species of bat in one cave

When I tell you that I’ve been invited to a bat cave, your reaction is likely to be, “How great!”, “How awful!”, …