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

Outbuilding Sparrows

There’s a male House Sparrow chirping insistently on a bare patch of ground. He’s fluffed up his belly and is enjoying the …

Red-Throated Diver - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Red-Throated Diver

I had a message that there was a Red-Throated Diver, Gavia stellata, in one of Westray’s many bays a few days ago. …

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

Leave only footprints

They say ‘Take only photographs, leave only footprints’. The Dunlin wading in the mud in the pools at the north end of …

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

Working Westray

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time for the first in my series on Working Westray. Here’s my good neighbour Alistair sharpening one of …

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

The Arctic Skua family

The Arctic Skuas on the Westside have a chick. It appears to be bigger than they are. It’s easy to see the …

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

Ground-nesting Sandy Laverock

There’s a Ringed Plover nest here, next to the footpath, near the coast: I can tell that because, as I walk past, …

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

Gannetry

There’s a Northern Gannet colony at Noup Head on Westray. Whenever there’s a breeze in the right direction the Gannets appear at …

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

Sunset through the haar

It’s easy to forget the time when you’re immersed in nature. When the light is this orange, though, you know it must …

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

Fish!

I’ve spent several days recently photographing Atlantic Puffins with fish. It’s for a wonderful creative project I’m involved with. More about that …

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

A minute and counting

Common Guillemots are free-diving pursuit divers. Their diet is fish, and the fish which are alive in today’s ocean are the descendants …

Puffin and Arctic Skua - the Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

We’re going on a Puffin hunt

Arctic Skuas are one of my favourite birds. They do, however, hunt Puffins to rob them of their fish. I’ve previously photographed …

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

Heads or tails?

“Heads or tails?” “Heads.” “Sorry, it’s tails.” When you see an Atlantic Puffin arriving with a beak full of sand eels the …

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

Bridled Common Guillemots

There are Common Guillemots, Uria aalge, flying in front of the cliffs at Noup Head on Westray. It’s a breezy day and the …

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

Flypast

I’m sat on the cliffs of Westray in pleasant light. It’s the middle of summer and it’s finally made it to 16 …

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

The scolders are at it again

You may be the great Baakie, Lord of All He Surveys, largest gull in the entire world, but you’re still going to …

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

Let me introduce the band…

Great! The backing singers have arrived. Now let me introduce you to the star of the show: Razorbills are such great entertainers. …

Waves ii - the Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Waves

I love a breezy day on Westray. The waves fascinate me. Watching them roll and seeing a small tunnel appear within them, …

Red-Necked Phalarope - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A Red-Necked Phalarope drops in

I see it from a distance initially. It’s always best to be lying on the ground in complete camouflage-pattern waterproofs with high …

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

Black Guillemot and fish

There are 19,000 pairs of Black Guillemot in the UK. I’m enjoying the company of the ones which breed off the coast …

Arctic Tern over the Rainbow - the Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Pickieterno over the rainbow

I’m out taking photographs of the female Grey Phalarope. Yes, this one: I did come here to take photographs of Dunlin, which …

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

Dunlin

Yesterday I wrote about my experience looking for Dunlin. I did see them, but my trip was hijacked by one of the …

Grey Phalarope - the Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Give ’em enough Phalarope

It’s another day on Westray and another chance to walk the cliffs and paths of the island. I’ve got the usual camera …

Curlew in Buttercups - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Whaup in Buttercups

Whaup is the Orcadian name for the Eurasian Curlew, Numenius arquata. Here’s one flying above the Buttercups in Westray: They’re severely threatened …

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

Scolder

Eurasian Oystercatchers have no fear. They’re happy to make the lives of any other bird, or even human, a misery with their …