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

Sanderling incoming

It’s a dull day when the Sanderling arrive. It’s soon bright and beautiful on the white shell sand beach as they pick …

Short Eared Owl - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Cattie-face

There’s been a Cattie-face (a Short-Eared Owl) hunting in Skelwick for months now. I see it often when I travel to the …

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

Sedge Warbler at Roadmire

It’s reassuring that the Sedge Warblers are back at Roadmire. Their song is an itch you just can’t scratch.

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

Feeding time

It’s important to time having your chicks at the time of maximum food abundance. The Starlings of Westray seem to have mastered …

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

A trip to the Arctics

I’m going on a trip to the Arctics. No, not the North Pole, I’m going on a trip to see the Arctic …

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

Scurrying Sanderling

Sanderling are one of my favourite wading birds. Actually, they’re one of the few species of waders I can identify reliably. I …

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

Honey Buzzard

Our friend Tina sends a message on the local wildlife WhatsApp Group. It’s a photograph of the back of her camera showing …

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

Eider

I’ve never had a close view of a male Eider drake before. And now I have. They’re sailing the coasts of Orkney …

Red-Backed Shrike - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Red-Backed Shrike

There’s been an influx of Red-Backed Shrikes throughout Orkney and Westray has had its fair share. I’ve seen one before, in Italy, …

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

Little Tern

I’ve never had such close views of Little Terns as I’m getting today. They’re strange, compact birds, unlike the other more elongated …

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

Sandwich Tern

I’ve seen Sandwich Terns before, but only briefly. There’s one parading along the beach at the 3rd Churchill Barrier in Orkney and …

I made a film

I’ve been busy. I’ve got a camera and I’m going to use it. I made a film here in Orkney for a …

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

An open mouth

I find the shape of this gull’s open mouth fascinating. It’s rare to see the fully open mouth from the front so …

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

Ledge nesting

How do you land on a narrow ledge, high above the sea, in a stiff wind, which is already full of other …

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

Gloss

If this was an album cover, what would be the name of the band and LP? A group of three Shag in …

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

Waves

A life on the ocean wave. This Common Guillemot is bobbing up and down furiously, as am I, on this boat. It’s …

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

Common Guillemot take-off

Seeing the power of a Common Guillemot as it takes off is awe-inspiring. They have surprisingly short, narrow wings for a bird …

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

Grey Seal surfacing

A bull Grey Seal is a seriously large, impressive beast. Here’s one on a wildlife cruise out of Brixham: I’m glad I’m …

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

Kittiwake

It’s always a joy to see an elegant Kittiwake, especially when it catches a fish. Their population has been under significant pressure, …

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

Common Dolphin off Brixham

We’re on a boat trip off the Devon coast and have a few sightings of Common Dolphins. Tantalising, aren’t they? I used …

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

A Stock photo

Curiosity got the better of this Stock Dove. I’m still chuckling about it.

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

Black-Tailed Godwit

Incoming! There are Black-Tailed Godwits at Seaton Wetlands. Elegant, aren’t they? Their colours are wonderful.

Shelduck, Seaton Wetlands - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Shelduck squabble

There’s a squabble among the Shelducks at Seaton Wetlands. One had to make a hasty escape. There’s so much behaviour on display …