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

Something to hoot about

My friend Paul made and put up an owl box in one of the large trees which border his property. He chose …

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

St George is late to the rescue

Have you noticed the weather. There’s a possibility that you’re reading this in the UK, so it’s likely that you’re similarly obsessed …

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

Green Hairstreak

The Green Hairstreak is a green butterfly. Saying it’s green really does do it a disservice, though. Just look at that colour! …

Swan's Nest - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Swan’s nest

I’m walking through a narrow walkway in the reeds, looking for Reed Warbler’s nests, when I come across a Swan-made clearing in …

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

Pied piping Wagtails

There’s a noisy Pied Wagtail family on the River Lemon in South Devon. I’m enjoying their fluttering, wagging, calling and feeding antics. …

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

Noise to weight ratio

Wrens have one of the highest noise to weight ratios amongst birds. I know some people like that.

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

Buzzard over Dartmoor

I’m hidden in the bushes waiting for Cuckoos when I see a Buzzard heading straight towards me up the hill. It veers …

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

An inability to cope with nature

Social media has polarised society. We’ve never had such a glorious opportunity to engage with people we fundamentally disagree with. It makes …

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

Swift succession

These Swifts aren’t really in formation. In fact there’s only one Swift. I took five photographs in swift succession and merged them …

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

Golden ducklings

There’s something wonderful about the light this evening. It’s very warm and very clear. There’s been a lot of rain recently and …

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

Pecked

This cobble has been tumbled by the waves until it is not quite smooth. It has been ‘pecked’ by crashing against other …

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

Magpie

Magpies are hated by many bird lovers. People love small, fluffy songbirds and want to protect them. Magpies are clever corvids which …

Bear's Garlic - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Bluebells and Bear’s Garlic

I love this Bluebell wood. These are native Bluebells with their thin stems and nodding heads. Their colour is so intense at …

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

Tivoli

I love this photograph from our trip to Villa d’Este in Tivoli. The breathtaking 16th Century gardens are enough to take the …

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

Is this Robin male or female?

It’s a common question on social media. Ashley is “Just interested to know”. There are hundreds of examples of people who are …

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

A river nest and bath time

Who lives in a house like this? It’s a huge domed nest made of moss in a river bank. It’s a Dippers’ …