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

Alert

Robins are either alert or they are no longer. Being alert is a life or death capability. This one has a straight-footed pose, as it peers to make sure all’s clear. Imagine a short life of hyper-vigilance about sudden death from the skies. It makes being human a more attractive …

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Lesser Spotted Wildlife

I’m out early in the woods to catch the wildlife before the other photographers and birdwatchers get here. Here is a bit …

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

Can you see it?

I’m walking along the outskirts of my local industrial estate when a bird flies up from in front of me. It’s been …

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

A familiar sound

There’s a sound I know coming from the tree tops. I can’t see where it’s coming from. My directional hearing is awful. …

Buzzards on Trendlebere Down - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Buzzard drama on Dartmoor

I thought that last week’s Buzzard drama over my local industrial estate was it for me. After all, how much great Buzzard …

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Lesser Spotted Birdwatcher

Hello and welcome to my blog, particularly for those who haven’t visited before. This Hall of Einar blog has been going for …

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

Lichen on gravestones

Lichen is very slow growing. It helps that it often grows on stones with dates carved into them. It gives a different …

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

A rose in the river

There are occasional bunches of roses tied to shelters or to the river bank here. Someone loved must have been lost. Occasionally …

Sandstone - St Magnus Cathedral - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Lakes and deserts

There are two beautifully contrasting colours of Devonian sandstone in St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall in Orkney. Both are 380 million years …

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

An Auk goak

I spent most of yesterday morning chuckling. There were even a few belly laughs and at one point I found it quite …

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

A Buzzards’ nest

Seeing a Buzzard land on a nest fills me with hope. There’s the possibility of the pitter-patter of tiny Buzzard feet this …

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

Pale

There’s a very pale Common Buzzard flying around me. Its breast and underwings are almost cream rather than dark brown. It makes …

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

Reeds at sunset

The light is golden as the Earth turns. Delicate tresses of last year’s reed seeds are flicked by the breeze. The water …

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

It’s inevitable

First come the Brown rats. Then come the even bigger, fatter Brown Rats. And then? Then come the babies. And the whole …

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

Carrion Carry On

I dare you. Look at this face. Go on. Look at it. And try to see it without it having human characteristics. …

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

Sweet threats

Why have humans evolved to find bird song beautiful when it’s full of threats and bad language? If I trace my ancestors …

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

Industrial estate blossom

Blossom is always welcome. Even when it’s next to the builders’ merchant on the local industrial estate.

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

Otter or Notter?

I’m buried deep in reeds, with slightly damp feet from the oozing mud. I’m following the river bank to see where it …

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

Flying shadows

A trip on a light aircraft gives a wonderful perspective of Orkney. Here there are cattle, sheep and our shadow.

Horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Sticky buds

There’s a fabulous Horse-chestnut, Aesculus hippocastanum, bud above me. It’s such a deep red colour. It looks like a moth chrysalis. Similar …

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

Long-Tailed Bushtits in blossom

The Long-Tailed Bushtits are still trailing in large caravans across the countryside, making desperate dashes between cover in family groups. Their contact …

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

After sticks comes mud

The Magpies have finished constructing their nest. Here’s one bringing in the twigs to construct the base. The roof was next. Now …

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

Dun

If you check out the details of the Dunnock you’ll see it described as “A small brown and grey bird”. That’s because …

Sheep's Tor - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Sheepstor frost

From the top of Sheepstor on Dartmoor there’s a wonderful view of long shadows and a frosted cattle field. Yes, I know …