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Fulmar

A one egg policy

Fulmars have a strict one egg policy. There are 500,000 breeding pairs in the UK though, so perhaps that’s just as well.

The beauty of Thrift

The beauty of Thrift

The Sea Pink or Thrift as it’s also known is utterly stunning on Westray at this time of year.

Danger - Vertical Cliffs - photograph copyright David Bailey (not the) 2016

Danger

You have to watch out for those vertical cliffs on Westray. They’re far more dangerous than horizontal cliffs.

Fulmar

Casting a shadow upon yourself

Evolution is a wonderful thing. Being grey above and white below is a classic countershading strategy used by many seabirds and often …

Thrift - photograph copyright David Bailey (not the) 2016

Thrift

Thrift on the cost of Westray.

The Knowe of Queen o' Howe

Grassy Knoll

On Westray, if there’s a lump in a field, it’s either rubbish dumped by a farmer or an incredibly precious and very …

Sand-between-the-toes

Sand-between-the-toes

When the sun shines on Grobust beach, it’s time to do what AA Milne described and get sand between the toes. When …

On the edge - photograph (c) David Bailey 2016

On the edge

Just how close are these two 5,600 year old houses to being lost to the sea? It was a thrill to fly …

Love's Crashing Waves - photograph (c) David Bailey 2016

Love’s Crashing Waves

The sea spray at the Scaun on the northernmost coast of Westray is like tiny glistening jewels today.

Woodlice

Woodlice in the lightshade

It’s been a long journey. To get to their final resting place, these Woodlice have had to get through the gaps between …

Puffin at the Castle o' Burrian on Westray - photograph (c) David Bailey 2016
Puffin at the Castle o' Burrian on Westray - photograph (c) David Bailey 2016
Puffin at the Castle o' Burrian on Westray - photograph (c) David Bailey 2016

Some Enchanted Evening

In the musical South Pacific, Emile sings ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ where he describes seeing a stranger, knowing that you will see her …

Little Brother of the Arctic - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Little Brothers

The scientific name for the Arctic Puffin is Fratercula arctica, or Little Brother of the Arctic. Classy.

Monk Supper at Jack's Chippy
Monk Supper at Jack's Chippy
Monk Supper at Jack's Chippy

Fish and chips to diet for

“You have no idea how much I’ve been looking forward to this,” is my enthusiastic remark before ordering a Monk supper at …

Pulcinella di Mare - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Pulcinella di Mare

I love Puffins or, as the Italians have it Pulcinella di Mare; Punch of the Sea. We’re wandering along the cliffs at …

Banana and Custard Yoghurt

Banana and Custard

One thing is for certain on Westray and that is there will be one flavour of yoghurt stocked in surprising depth in …

Red Champion

Red Champion

The Red Campion is out in bloom again near the Mill on the route to the Castle o’ Burrian. That reminds me; I must remember to take a magnifying glass with me so I can try to tell the difference between the male and female plants next time.

Safe Zephyrus

Floatel

The Safe Zephyrus is a floating hotel in Orkney’s Scapa Flow. I wonder if i can find it on AirBnB? According to …

Flotta from the air

Is it just me?

Is it just me or does the Orkney island of Flotta look quite barren from the air?

North Ronaldsay

North Ronaldsay

The island of North Ronaldsay is famous for its sheep who live on seaweed and are kept off the fields by dry …

Midhowe Broch from the air - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Midhowe Broch from the air

Midhowe Broch on the Orkney island of Rousay looks amazing as we fly above it. There are 4.5 metre wide walls which …

Stronsay

Stronsay

Stronsay looks beautiful and green from the air. Strjónsey: Old Norse for “Good fishing and farming island”

North Gaulton Castle - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

North Gaulton Castle

North Gaulton Castle is an amazing rock stack – especially from the air. It was used as a car advert in 1994: …

Rackwick Burn, Hoy - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Rackwick Burn

Rackwick Burn sounds like an unfortunate little rash but is actually the name of a small stream on the Orkney Island of …