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Hooded Crow - Villa Pamphilj - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Hooded Crows at Villa Pamphilj

We’re at the park in Rome and there are Hooded Crows galore here. It’s fabulous light, though a little late in the …

Wood Duck at Villa Pamphilj - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A Wood Duck would duck

There’s a Wood Duck in the park at Villa Doria Pamphilj. I’ve not seen one before. I won’t forget seeing one: Aren’t …

Butterbur - Crime Lake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Butterbur

There’s a plant I recognise from my childhood here at Daisy Nook Country Park. I remember seeing it a little further up …

Pied Flycatcher in Yarner Wood - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Flied Piecatchers

Every April and May these tiny birds fly from West Africa to ancient woodlands in Wales and the west of England. Pied …

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

Cherry Blossom

Seasons come and seasons go. The cycles of life are relentless. Time to sit or stand and wonder at the natural world …

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

Blink and you miss it

Spring. It’s already sprung. Blink and you might miss it. That’s even more reason to get out and see what the natural …

Grey Wagtail - Crime Lake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Grey Wagtail, not Yellow Wagtail

There’s a movement on the River Medlock at Daisy Nook Country Park. It’s constant; a wagging tail and a fluttering of wings …

Dunnock - Crime Lake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Not a dull brown bird at all

An early morning for me at Crime Lake near Manchester and there’s bright light on this Dunnock: I could never be a …

Canada Goose - Crime Lake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Self-inflicted

Canada Geese are, surprisingly, hated by many people in the UK. It’s fascinating to look at why we’re so antagonistic towards them. …

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

Appearances can be deceptive

There’s a Robin in beautiful weather at Crime Lake. If anyone wants to start or renew a connection with nature I always …

Coal Tit - Crime Lake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Coal Tit at Crime Lake

I can hear a Coal Tit squeaking in the tree above. I’d love to get a photograph of it. Then I spot …

Jackdaw - Crime Lake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Jackdaw

There’s a Jackdaw flying fast towards me at Crime Lake: What a bird! It’s hard for me to be motivated to take …

Dew - Crime Lake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Dew

Early morning dew.

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

Coots’ Nest

I’m up at dawn, which is unheard of for me, unless I’m in Orkney, where getting up is aided by the distinct …

Magpie - Crime Lake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Pica pica

Magpies are handsome birds. I keep reading about how intelligent they are. Intelligence is one of those factors which is so difficult …

Chinese Goose - Crime Lake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Chinese Geese

I’ve only ever seen Chinese Geese once before and that was here, at Crime Lake near Manchester. Here’s my previous visit: You …

Moorhen - Crime Lake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

What’s in a crop?

Whenever I take wildlife photographs I always have to develop them digitally on the same day. If that means a late night, …

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

Feeling Ruff

There’s a wader at RSPB Lodmoor. Obviously I don’t know which species it is; it’s a wader. How would I know? A …

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

Flutters a thing of light

It’s a wonderful evening, with soft evening light, on Trendlebere Down on Dartmoor. There’s the familiar sound of twittering as a small …

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

Noisy chirping

I’ve put a bird feeder outside my front window in Devon. It’s buzzing with activity, with House Sparrows, Robins, Dunnocks, Blue Tits, …