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Stover Country Park

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

Calling Coots

The Coots at Stover Country Park are busy. I can see their nest in the bushes, barely above the water level. They …

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

Checking for Sparrowhawks

The life of a Blue Tit is short and full of peril. Their average lifespan is between two and three years. The …

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

Mandarin

The RSPB say there are 2,300 breeding pairs of Aix galericulata, the Mandarin Duck, in the UK. I’m very glad about that. …

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

Acrobats

This doesn’t look like a finely tuned athlete to me: There’s nothing to give you the impression of suppleness or strength or …

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

Brown Blackbird

Blackbirds are stunningly attractive. The plumage of the females is exceptional. It’s so subtle. Unlike the males. The males are definitely dressed …

Spring at Stover - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Spring

Early in the morning the light is a cool blue There are signs of spring everywhere: The light warms to an amber …

Mallard at Stover - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Purple flash

This female Mallard duck is showing a very distinctive wing patch. It’s called a speculum. No, not that kind of speculum, it’s …

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

Nuthatch

Nuthatches rarely find huge quantities of food in the wild. It’s only when they find a treasure-trove of fabulous food left by …

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

A Blue Tit master of chiaroscuro

Bird photography is all about closeness and light. Sometimes the two arrive together and provide the perfect combination. This Blue Tit shows …

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

Marilyn

It’s not 1am. It’s not New York. It’s not 1954. I’m not Billy Wilder. There aren’t 100 male photographers here. There aren’t …

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

Marsh Tits

I usually only get to glimpse Marsh Tits. They are small, quick, beautiful and elusive. Unlike other Tits they seem to be …

Long Tailed Bushtit - Stover - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Travelling family

There’s a Long-Tailed Bushtit family moving through. I can hear them calling their strange ‘Zeee’ contact call overhead. Aren’t they fabulous? Everyone …

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

The Buzz #2

I’m still admiring the Stover Country Park Buzzard. It’s a glorious bird and seems oblivious to the crowd of people on the …

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

The Buzz #1

The legendary frog-eating Buzzard is back at Stover Country Park: Apparently it ate a mouse this morning: That won’t feed it for …

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

When you really need a scratch

There’s a Grey Squirrel high on the branch above. It’s really enjoying a scratch. It’s making me feel itchy just looking at …

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

Getting the winter duvet out

It’s been a cold night and there’s an unexpected frost with this clear blue sky. There’s a Grey Squirrel above me. Instead …

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

Blackbird

There’s a Blackbird skulking and hopping around the path. I love them. If someone tells you they are plain birds, don’t agree …

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

Close to a Cormorant

It’s a beautiful morning in my local country park. I see another photographer and we exchange pleasantries. He says it’s much better …

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

Woodpigeon

Have you ever had a close look at a Woodpigeon? They are such extreme birds. Just look at those strange features: Now …

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

Tender moments

We are witnessing a tender moment at the lake: a Coot is feeding its only chick: It is picking morsels of food …

Male Mallard Duck - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Mr and Mrs Mallard

The sunshine is dazzling and so is this male Mallard: The subtlety of the camouflage of this female Mallard is equally as …

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

A spot of sunbathing

There’s a Nuthatch sounding off like a car alarm in the old Oak tree: It’s such beautiful weather I can see every …

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

Old red eyes is back

Coots have extraordinary eyes. The irises of this one are red: Sometimes, however, their irises are dark red or even brown. I’d …

Mute Swan - Stover - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Mute

I never get bored of Mute Swans, Cygnus olor: There’s something about their size, their poise and their steady pace that enthrals …

Stock Dove - Stover - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Stock Dove

There’s a pigeon above me. I think it’s a Wood Pigeon but it looks far too small and scrawny. It’s silhouetted in …