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1970s Nature Notebooks

Common Seal - 1970s Nature Notebooks - (c) David Bailey (not the)

Common Seal in the 1970s

Leafing through my childhood scrapbooks I come across a drawing of a Common Seal. It has all the characteristics of a Common …

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

Searching for Little Owls

It’s been a dream of mine to see a Little Owl again. When I was a young teenager my friend Michael had …

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

Reed Bunting

Skills grow like children; imperceptibly. It’s over forty years since I saw my first Reed Bunting and went home to draw it …

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

House Sparrows

The car park of the out of town shopping centre is empty apart from my car. I haven’t bought anything and the …

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

Blackbird

There are Blackbirds at the top of many trees at this time of year. Their beautiful singing fills the air and gladdens …

Dacrymyces déliquescents - Dunster - the Hall fo Einar - photograph (c ) David Bailey (not the)

What a difference a lens makes

Forty years ago I kept detailed nature notebooks. I wrote down everything I saw and identified with enthusiasm, including the smallest of …

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

The secret sex life of the Dunnock

Dunnocks are often unfairly overlooked. They are stunningly beautiful in close-up. You just need to get close: Here in Italy the beautiful …

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

Brambling

Forty years ago I saw a Brambling for the first time and noted it down in my childhood nature notebooks: Fringilla montifringilla. …

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

Kestrel then and now

We are driving along a dusty road in Italy with telegraph poles alongside it. Every few hundred metres is a Kestrel, or, …

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

Shaggy Scalycaps, gout and squirrels

Looking through my old mushroom photographs there’s a very distinctive one; it’s Pholiota squarrosa, the Shaggy Scalycap which I found in Bovey …

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

Spangles

It’s forty years since I first saw and photographed spangle galls on an oak tree. I noted it down in my Nature …