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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 …

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

L’airone cenerino

The Grey Herons at Lago di Alviano are studious. Nothing disturbs their concentration: They are tense, waiting for that exact moment when …

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

Coypu

There’s a huge Coypu in the lake at the Lago di Alviano. I’m still shocked every time I see one.

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

When the Kingfisher paid a visit

There’s a female Kingfisher on a nearby branch. I can tell it’s a female because, as they say, “It’s wearing lipstick.” Female …

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

Spotted Redshank

We spotted Spotted Redshanks a few days ago: This time I manage to get a shot of one flying. If only it …

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

Spoonbill flypast

From a distance it’s hard to tell all these white birds apart. There are dozens of busy Great White Egrets and Little …

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

Egrets

Great White Egrets are impressive birds. They are huge: I love the way the wing tips of this one are just touching …

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

Before and after fish

This female Kingfisher is wonderful. She’s bobbing her head, calling and peering into the water below. We’ve heard her calling from across …

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

Spotting a Spotted Redshank

There are a couple of Spotted Redshanks close by. I take a hasty photograph and smile at the acrobatic leg stretching: There’s …

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

Spatula

The Lago di Alviano in Italy is one of my favourite places. Whether it’s cold and foggy or bright and breezy, there’s …

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

Pettirosso

European Robins are fascinating. This one is the forest in Italy looks like a youngster, as it has a pale band on …

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

Queenfisher

I’ve just spent my birthday sitting in a small wooden shed. Last year we were here looking at Red Squirrels in the …

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

Nuthatch

I’m watching a Nuthatch come in to a forest clearing in Italy and pick up sunflower seeds. They are quick. There must …

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

Blue Tit in the forest

It’s beautiful light in the forest as a Blue Tit approaches: A cloud obscures the sun and the colours of this bird …