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Parco della Caffarella

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 …

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

Stonechat

I’ve seen Stonechats in Devon. They’re a bird I didn’t see as a child so they always appear exotic to me. It’s …

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

Robin of the day

It wasn’t known that female Robins sing until less than 100 years ago. Male scientists seem to have assumed that they didn’t. …

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

Wren

The light is clear and bright when I see a Wren appear. I love how its shadow looks. I always imagine Wrens …

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

The Kestrel and the mouse

There’s a Kestrel at the top of the tree here in Parco della Caffarella. It’s quite a distance away, so we get …

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

White Wagtails

White Wagtails are fascinating birds. In the UK we call our darker sub-species the Pied Wagtail. Even though it’s a common bird …

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

Monk Parakeets

Noisy, bright, squawking and quarrelsome, it’s me again. No, it’s the Monk Parakeets of Rome: Aren’t they handsome? I wonder what their …

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

Lui Piccolo

We’re at the Parco della Caffarella in Rome. It’s a sprawling urban park with grass closely cropped by the escaped rabbits which …

Black Redstart - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Black Redstarts

Black Redstarts are rare in the UK. Here in Parco della Caffarella in Rome they are everywhere. They’re the equivalent of Robins …

Black Redstart - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Black Redstart and blue skies

There’s a Black Redstart in the park here in Italy. I’m at Parco della Caffarella for the afternoon and finding the Black …