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Gannet at Bempton - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Bempton birds – staring at the sky

Gannets look astonishingly alien, don’t they? They’re not inhabitants of this world. When they display to one another they point directly at …

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

One leaf or two?

Look at any seed of a flowering plant and there’s a major feature you may never have realised is there. You can …

Painted Lady Butterfly - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Thistle is the life

There are thistles everywhere here in Parco della Caffarella in Rome: They are very architectural against the flowing meadows of buttercups beneath: …

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

Little Egret

Walking around the park I see a Little Egret take flight: The Italian name for the Little Egret is Garzetta. That’s quite …

Bee Eaters - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A field full of bees

I’m in a field in a park in Rome. It’s annoying that I can hear a busy road nearby. Then I realise …

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

Look up!

Looking straight ahead only ever gives you one view of life. It’s always a good idea to look sideways at your life …

Harris Hawk in Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Mobbing a Harris Hawk

I’ve got a day off in Rome and have spent the morning in Parco della Caffarella. There’s not much wildlife around and …

Pigeon in Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Precision

Just how precise is this feral Pigeon with its tiny twig? I’m not sure it’s going to be that much use as …

Italian Wall Lizard - Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Ruined

Ruin Lizards. No, that’s not an instruction. Ruins are where these Italian Wall Lizards live. In Italy there are civilisations’ worth of …

Forester Moth - Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Forester

There’s a bright blue iridescent moth flying in the middle of the day in the south of Italy. I have no idea …

Bertolini's Bee Orchid - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Bertoloni’s Bee Orchid

It was such a thrill to see Bee Orchids in South Devon: Here in Matera I can see a familiar shape but …

Mediterranean Spotted Chafers - Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Spotting chafers

We’re walking in the heat through pungent herbs, surrounded by butterflies and day-flying moths with Lesser Kestrels overhead. We’re in Matera in …

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

Longhorn on the Giant Fennel

Out in the countryside in Matera in Italy, the dry heat and the scent of herbs surrounds us. I particularly love the …

Thomisus on flower - Matera - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Spiderbombing

I don’t know how long photobombing has been ‘a thing’. Spoiling someone’s photograph by appearing in it unexpectedly must have appeared very …

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

The Lesser Kestrels of Matera #9

There are Lesser Kestrels before breakfast, Lesser Kestrels on the way to breakfast, a break from Lesser Kestrels for breakfast and then Lesser Kestrels after breakfast. In Matera, there are Lesser Kestrels everywhere.

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

The Lesser Kestrels of Matera #8

It’s five o’clock in the morning and she’s calling immediately outside our window. I think she wants her mate. The tone is …