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

Oop oop, Oop oop, Oop oop

It’s a noise like no other. I know it isn’t a pigeon or a dove. It’s a loud insistent “Oop oop.” I …

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

Sunstar seedheads

Whenever it’s winter, it’s hard to imagine summer and whenever it’s summer, it’s hard to imagine winter. Whenever it’s spring, it’s hard …

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

Blue Tits with big bellies

I love Blue Tits. I’m used to seeing them in Devon. Here they are in Italy: This one so is immaculately groomed …

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

Pecking Wood

The Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos major, is a wonderful bird. This is a female coming in search of food at the WWF …

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

Why do Wagtails wag their tails?

These Grey Wagtails, Motacilla cinerea, are so beautiful. In Italy they are not known as Grey Wagtails, they are known as Ballerina …

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

Herons on the Lake

Incoming! Grey Herons such are lumbering giants with prehistoric overtones: This one’s landed in the water and is going for a paddle: …

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

Siskins

It’s a year since I took up bird photography properly and I can tell that I’m getting better. Partly it’s the practice …

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

Hawfinch in the forest

There’s been an influx of Hawfinches into the UK this autumn and winter. After checking the Devon Birds website I’ve been out …

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

The Imp of the Forest

Red Squirrels, like me, are addicted to fresh walnuts. Unlike me they have the teeth to get into them. Red Squirrels come prepared with a sharp set of nutcrackers already provided.

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

Marsh Tits

Marsh Tits are quite difficult to photograph. They are fast and pay only fleeting visits to exposed perches. There are far fewer …

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, …

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

Little Egrets

Little Egrets are one of the most beautiful birds I’ve photographed. I remember the shock of seeing my first one from the …

Yellow Legged Gull - The Hall fo Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Colour co-ordinated Gulls

The brown waters of the River Tiber in Rome never seem to be able to reflect the intense blue of the sky …

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

Living on crumbs

Along the River Tiber in Rome there are many bridges. Under some of them, on the east side of the old city, …

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

Cormorants on the Tiber

Walking along the Tiber in Rome there are two waterfront boulevards. On one side it is beautiful, clean, well-lit, marked with a …

Heron on lungotevere - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Heron on the Tiber

A Heron on a bridge over the River Tiber stands as still as an Ancient Roman statue.

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

The hood and the executioner

Hooded Crows are one of my favourite birds. Noisy, sociable and inquisitive, they have colonised large areas of central and northern Europe, …

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

Autumn Ringlet

Identifying butterflies is stressful; especially when you’re not in your own country. Everything looks like something else you’re familiar with. I was …

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

Love means…

It was Tuesday 21 November when we saw a balloon seller with these Helium balloons in Rome: I didn’t buy one. It …

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

The Monks of Rome

We’re wandering around a park in suburban Rome and there are squawks filling the air. I’ve seen the Ring Necked Parakeets here …

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

An Adonis

There’s an Adonis Blue Polyommatus bellargus on the rocks: Then there’s one on the plants: What an incredible colour they are. It’s …

Bush Cricket - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David bailey (not the)

Bush Cricket

I loved having a magnifying glass as a child. I had one with a blue handle, with a false Parker pen clip …