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Photographs (c) David Bailey (not the)

When you know it’s summer

The seasons turn, circle by circle. Bud becomes flower becomes fruit, ripening in the long days. Photography is expressing your view of …

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

Robin

I’ve only ever been on one photography course. It was a one day event for band photography, held in Bristol. It was …

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

Blackbirds with a brood

This handsome male blackbird has the right idea. Nutritious invertebrates are what a growing chick needs to make bone and sinew and …

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

Circles within circles

Do you ever feel that your life is a series of endlessly repeating circles-within-circles going nowhere? I’ve just had a shave, washed …

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

KillJays

Jays are incredible birds. Members of the crow family, they have beautiful pink plumage, a crest, striking blue and black wings, a …

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

Thirsty House Martins

Eating flying insects to live must give you a thirst, surely? When you spend all day crunching flies and taking them to …

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

An intimate embrace

I’ve visited Orley Common a handful of times. I’m fascinated by it because nobody owns it; it’s a true common. At the …

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

English Stonecrop

There’s one of my favourite wild flowers at Start Point. It’s English Stonecrop, Sedum anglicum. Here it is growing on rock which …

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

Arriving in fog

We arrive in fog. Start Point is one of the isolated promontories of the South Hams area of South Devon. The South …

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

My life

As a metaphor for my life, this image just couldn’t get any better. It’s an early start to Start Point in the …

Cuckoo - Emsworthy Mire - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Cuckoos at Emsworthy Mire 2

I’ve arrived earlier today in the hope of seeing Cuckoos. Yesterday was a success, with a high-speed chase, so I have high …

Cuckoo - Emsworthy Mire - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Cuckoos at Emsworthy Mire

I’ve seen a Cuckoo before, but only the outline of a bird perched in the distance. I’d love to see one properly. …

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

Paris and Pangolins

It’s a few months now since we had a romantic weekend in Paris. Naturally we took cameras. Nothing says “I love you” …

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

Sand Martins on the Teign

We are watching Sand Martins on the BBC’s Springwatch on TV when I tell my son that there are Sand Martins on …

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

House Martins

One night, out for a walk from my house in South Devon, I spot a small group of House Martins. As I …

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

Swift by name

I love Swifts. Swifts and Swallows are the product of convergent evolution and aren’t closely related to one another. The closest relatives …

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

Environmental ‘improvements’

If someone uses the word ‘improvements’ you know it’s likely to be a euphemism. It means ‘damage limitation’ or ‘rectification of errors’ …

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

Grey Wagtails

The estimated population of Grey Wagtails in the UK is 38,000 pairs. I’m delighted there’s a pair on my local river. Here …

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

2m rule

There’s currently an active debate about relaxing the 2m social distancing rule.

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

Dunnock

Dunnocks are a personal favourite of mine. They’re surprising in many ways. This one has chicks deep in the undergrowth. They’re in …

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

Reserved

The sign is clear. This space is reserved. Either this duck can’t read or it’s very, very important.

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

Goldfinch

It’s been the wettest winter on record. We’ve just had the sunniest May on record. What will summer bring us? I suspect …

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

Greenfinch

There’s a Greenfinch in a familiar place – up the top of a tree. It’s not a flattering angle: Thankfully, when I …

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

Blackbird

There’s a terrible racket coming from a bush nearby in the town centre. It sounds like a Blackbird is going absolutely out …

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

Duckling

They are symbolic of spring; cute fluffy ducklings This parade of Mallard ducklings were barely larger than the eggs that once contained …

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

Pale Buzzard

There’s a wide variation in the colouration of Common Buzzards. This one is particularly pale, without the dark brown breast markings and …