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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 …

Bertholet's Pipit on Gran Canaria - The Hall of Einar

Bertholet’s Pipit on Gran Canaria

Clear skies, winding roads, sea spray; what’s not to like? We’re driving on the GC-200 through Parque Natural Tamadaba on Gran Canaria. …

Canary Island Pine, Gran Canaria - The Hall of Einar

Canary Island Pine

Driving around Gran Canaria is such a thrill. Or it is when I get used to being on the ‘wrong’ side of …

Dawn at the Cave House, Acusa Seca, Gran Canaria - The Hall of Einar

Dawn at the Cave House

It’s dawn at the Cave House on Gran Canaria. We’ve set the alarm for a few minutes before dawn and my son …

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

Canary Islands Kestrels

My son asks me if I fancy going on a long-weekend holiday to the Canary Islands. I say yes. I have no …

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

Pygmy Cormorant

There’s a Pygmy Cormorant, Microcarbo pygmaeus, in the water. It looks as pleased to be here as we are. The light is …

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

Great Tits

The colours are beautiful behind this Great Tit, Parus major. They have beautiful glossy caps and shining black eyes. They are the …

Horse and Cattle Egret - Lago di Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Horse Egret

There are two white horses together with their attendants at Lago di Alviano. This is a Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis, riding a …

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

Marsh Tits

Marsh Tits must make a tasty morsel. The only ones which have survived are constantly wary of their environment. This one is …

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

Blue Tits #2

I’m delighted to be spending time with Blue Tits in the forest here at Lago di Alviano. These don’t have metal rings …

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

Blue Tits #1

Finally! Some decent light. Aren’t Blue Tits fantastic? This one has a raised crest to die for: They’ve got to be one …

Nutria - Lago di Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Nutria

There’s a Coypu in the lake at Lago di Alviano. They look like they are doing doggy-paddle. I’d love to see what …

Nuthatch - Lago di Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Upside-Down bird

Strike a pose! If Nuthatches had a decade and musical style, what would it be? Might they be New Romantics from the …

Sacred Ibis - Lago di Alviano - The Hall of Einar - photography (c) David Bailey (not the)

African Sacred Ibis

There are two African Sacred Ibis in the lake at Lago di Alviano. Here’s one: Their scientific name, Threskiornis aethiopicus, gives another …

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

Little Footy Arse

It’s wet at Lago di Alviano. The light is poor and it’s cold. We have a cold packed lunch and plenty of …

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

Kangaroo Island – New Zealand Fur Seals

“Kangaroo Island. Too good to spoil.” That’s what the Australian Government’s Natural Resources website says. “Keep Kangaroo Island free from introduced pests. …

Kangaroos and Koalas - The Hall of Einar

Kangaroo Island – Kangaroos and Koalas

“Kangaroo Island. Too good to spoil.” That’s what the Australian Government’s Natural Resources website says. Kangaroo Island is home to 4,000 people. …

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

Chasing Common Kestrels

Arriving in the park I see a male Common Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus. I think it may have a couple of ticks on …