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Birds at the Peedie Sea - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Knots landing at the Peedie Sea

I’m wandering the shore at Kirkwall Harbour for an hour before the ferry takes me to Westray. I’m loving the complex singing …

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

Sturnus vulgaris

Sturnus vulgaris is the scientific name of the Common Starling. Its literal meaning is ‘Starling Common’. They are certainly common in my …

Guano - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

More guano than Peru

Fortunes were built on the stuff. Entire estates and magnificent country houses like Tyntesfield near Bristol were funded by it. People are …

Pecking order

Pecking order

My first evening here and I’m desperate to get out and about on my bike. Starlings flutter and shuffle their elaborate pecking …