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

Blackcap in the trees

Walking around RSPB Ham Wall Nature Reserve in Somerset I can hear singing. It must be a warbler of some sort but …

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

Linnets

The number of Linnets in Britain’s countryside has halved since I was a boy. I’m going to make the most of their …

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

A walk on Orley Common

Orley Common is a true common – absolutely no-one owns it or has ever owned it – it belongs to us all. …

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

Pheasant

Male Pheasants don’t do camouflage. This one’s face is like a beacon in the field.

Great White Egret - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Great White Egret at RSPB Ham Wall

It was 2012 when Great White Egrets first bred on the Somerset levels. Today there’s a thriving population. They look majestic against …

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

A Blackcap like a fine wine

I’m tickled by this description of a Blackcap’s song: “The Blackcap’s song lacks the Blackbird or Thrush-like phrases of the Garden Warbler …

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

Basal knob

That huge lump on the base of this Mute Swan’s beak is called a basal knob. Knowing that, however, tells you nothing …

Four Spotted Chaser - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Chasing a Four-Spotted Chaser

I’m chasing a Four-Spotted Chaser dragonfly. They’re very active this morning in the Somerset marshes. It takes an age for me to …

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

Whitethroat

I was delighted to spot this delightful male Whitethroat. It’s another fascinating migratory warbler which has spent our winter in Africa, south …

The Lesser Kestrels of Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Lesser Kestrels of Matera #4

Photography still includes the principal fields of taking and developing images; it’s just that now they are digital and the development is …

Black Headed Gull - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Black Headed Gull

Bright skies, clear water, a fresh breeze and beautiful Black Headed Gulls.

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

Chiff Chaff

Chiff Chaffs are beautiful birds. They look almost identical to Willow Warblers to me. I’d need a high-powered telephoto lens to see …

Lesser Black Backed Gull - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Lesser by name, great by nature

Lesser Black Backed Gulls are magnificent creatures. They are noticeably darker on the back and wings than the more familiar Herring Gull …

Duckling Dinosaur - The Hal of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Dinosaurs fly among us

If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the dinosaurs, here they are, all around us. These Mallard Ducklings have hatched from eggs …

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

A Pipit up a tree

I can see a Pipit up a tree. Could it be… A Tree Pipit? The RSPB say: “Where to see them: Look …

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

Nuts!

This Grey Squirrel is one of the lucky ones. Only 25% of Grey Squirrels survive their first year. Only 45% of the …

The Crow and the Buzzard - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

How many make a mob?

Crows react very badly to the presence of Buzzards. Here one took exception to a Buzzard in its field, mobbing it and …