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

A modern ancient art

Rome has many modern examples of a very ancient art; graffiti. I have no idea what this is all about: He’s got …

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

Chatting

Returning to a chatting Stonechat. They really do love the highest perches available.

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

Cork Oak

It’s one of the most important plants ever known to humans. It’s the Cork Oak, Quercus suber. It’s a beautiful medium-sized tree …

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

A Pallid Harrier

If I had a spirit animal it would be a Hen Harrier. I love to see them. They appear, they go; they …

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

Hooded Crows and koinophilia

Hooded Crows are far more sociable birds than Carrion Crows. Here in Rome we can see 300 of them in an evening …

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

Sus scrofa

I think I know what left this behind: Yes, there’s one now. Massive, aren’t they? I love their delicate trotters. Humans captured …

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

In volo

Black Redstarts are lively. More lively than me this morning. They’re flitting in an elaborate pattern across the scrub in this park …

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

Hooded Crow

Crows are some of the most observant and attentive of birds. They are quick to calculate the opportunities and find avoiding dangers …

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

Getting your ducks in a row

Three Common Pochard fly across the lake. They make a lovely pattern against the azure Italian sky. There are two males and …

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

A Great Greater Flamingo

It’s the evening and a single young Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus is doing its thing in the lake. It’s beautiful, ungainly, magical, and …

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

Murmur

Urban Starlings. Winter. Rome. A park. All the perfect ingredients.

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

When Kingfishers attack

There’s a flash of electric blue and a Kingfisher arrows past on its intensely important mission. Coots beware!

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

Take-off

I had great fun with this pair of Common Kestrels in Rome last year. They were an endearing couple. The tree in …

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

Storno

There are only a few Swallows left in Italy in November, so it was fascinating to see Starlings taking their place as …

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

Circus aeruginosus

The last time I saw a Marsh Harrier it was a perfect silhouette against the light and gave me no chance to …

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

Yellow feet

These yellow feet are very distinctive. They belong to a Little Egret, Egretta garzetta. They enjoy paddling in the water. I don’t …

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

Black Redstart

One of my favourite Black Redstart photographs from this year. Lovely, aren’t they?

Common Kestrel with Hooded Crow - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Mobbed again

It’s not an easy life being a Common Kestrel. There are always Hooded Crows around making your life unpleasant. This one is …

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

Rallenta!

Rallenta, the sign says. I decide to look it up. What’s the English translation of rallenta from the Italian? There are hundreds …

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

A malar stripe

Look closely at this Kestrel. At any of the Kestrels. Look at any of the Falcons. They all have something in common. …

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

Shovelard

The Medieval name for the Eurasian Spoonbill was the Shovelard. That makes me laugh, every time. I’ve seen them in Italy before, …

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

Falco di palude

There’s a Marsh Harrier overhead. We’ve been here for hours waiting and when one appears it’s against the light. It’s a silhouette. …

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

Little Egret on a wire

This Little Egret is standing on one yellow foot and giving me the eye. A yellow eye. When it does try the …

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

Clouded Yellow

This yellow butterfly is such an attractive species. It’s a Clouded Yellow, Colias croceus. It’s flying in Italy in winter amongst the …