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

More Black Redstarts

Are you tired of seeing my photographs of Black Redstarts yet? I’m beginning to feel like one of those 1970s dads with …

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

Urban Kestrels

I’ve been enjoying the company of the local Common Kestrels here in Rome. I’ve watched them hunt, be chased by the resident …

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

More Black Redstarts

It’s time for another trip to the nearest waste ground, which counts as the natural world these days, to see the Black …

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

Gheppio

There’s a Common Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus, here. In Italy their name is Gheppio. I’ve seen it perched in the distance: Then I …

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

Codirosso Spazzacamino

The Italian name for the Black Redstart is Codirosso Spazzacamino. It means red-tailed chimney sweep. I love their ash-grey plumage. This week …

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

Wall Lizard

I love the look on this Italian Wall Lizard’s face. I appear to have interrupted its sunbathing. It’s November but it’s 18 …

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

Jump-on-a-Pole

There’s a Saltimpalo in this area of greenery in Rome. That’s the Italian name for the Stonechat. Saltimpalo means Jump-on-a-Pole, which Stonechats …

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

Serins

The Serin’s scientific name is Serinus serinus. Serins; so good, they named them twice. The scientific name serinus comes from the French word serin, meaning …

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

Monk Parakeets

These Parakeets are meant to be in South America. They’re quite at home in the parks of Rome. They appear to appreciate …

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

Cornacchia

There’s a Hooded Crow flying past us in this wasteland in Rome. Their Italian name is Cornacchia. I wonder what trinket or …

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

Chimney Sweeps

Here’s a handsome Italian chap: He’s a Codirosso Spazzacamino, a male Black Redstart. What fine plumage he has. Spazzacamino means chimney sweep …

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

Piggy Cows

Suillus bovinus means Piggy Cow. It’s the scientific name of a common fungus of coniferous forests and commercial pine woods. They pop …

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

Delicious Saffron Milkcaps

The Saffron Milkcap is a beautiful fungus species with bright orange gills and flesh. It may look a little unprepossessing from the …

Great Black Backed Gull - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The biggest gull in the world

Hunter, pirate, scavenger, the Great Black-Backed Gull is a curious opportunist. It is the apex predator unless a White-Tailed Sea Eagle appears. …

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

A Sand Plowman’s lunch

The name Sanderling is from the Old English sand-yrðling, or ‘sand-ploughman’. I’m enjoying watching them eating their ploughman’s lunch. Still photographs may give you …

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

Eider/Or

There’s a Dunter, Somateria mollissima, commonly known as the Eider Duck, on the waves. I particularly like the chick’s hairstyle. When it …

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

Wet Gannet, shaking

This Gannet was very wet after a dive. As it flew past it decided to shake itself dry. I suspect it’s the …

Slug on the sink - The Hall of Einar - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Slugs on the draining board

The disadvantage of being without a shell is that you’re less well protected. The advantage of being without a shell is that …

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

Sandy Laverock

This juvenile Ringed Plover is a wonderful bird. In Orkney the Ringed Plover is called Sandy Laverock. The UK conservation status of …

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

Trees bursting into flower

At this time of year it’s import to remember that spring will come again, birds will sing, trees will blossom and days …

Columbia Road Flower Market - The Hall of Einar - photograph 9c) David Bailey (not the)

Eat more British cheese

At the Columbia Road Flower Market I couldn’t resist these two people and the lettering in the shop window. Eat more British …

Columbia Road Flower Market - The Hall of Einar - photograph 9c) David Bailey (not the)

The flower market

A trip to London to stay with my son gave us an opportunity to walk to Columbia Road Flower Market. It’s in …

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

Sea splash

Grobust is one of my favourite beaches on Westray. At one end are rocks which act as a roosting place for gulls …

Stone Balls in Orkney Museum - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Stone balls from the stone age

Orkney Museum has an assortment of stone balls in its cabinets. They’re from the Neolithic and our ancestors kept them and prized …

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

Whale

There’s a whale corpse in the car park at Taftend. It takes up the space a car would, or even a little …