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

Mediterranean Gull 3PE0

There’s a Gull I’ve only seen a few times on the beach. It’s a Mediterranean Gull and it’s a beauty. Luckily it’s …

Giant Sequoia - The Hall of Einar

Giant Sequoias

A trip to the Natural History Museum in London is always a thrill. I love seeing all the dead things they’ve killed …

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

Laughing Gull

It was my birthday, so I decided to do something different – to go on a twitch. A twitch is the pursuit …

Adult human female - The Hall of Einar

Adult Human female

I was at the Natural History Museum in London a month ago when I saw the skeleton of an adult human female. …

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

Splashing in mud

There are Black-Tailed Godwits on the Exe. I’m pleased to see them, but wish my knees weren’t as muddy as their ankles …

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

Three Old Women

I’ve always wanted to go to Hampstead Heath. No, not because it’s the busiest gay cruising site in the UK, possibly the …

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

Goldeneye

We’re told there’s a pair of Goldeneye when we arrive at RSPB Radipole. I’ve seen one before from a great distance and …

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

Money-making Marx

My son and I are having a trip to Highgate Cemetery, or I should say cemeteries, as there is an old one …

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

Urban Corvids

We’re got three species of corvids in this London park. Firstly, there’s the robust Carrion Crows, with their large beaks festooned with …

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

Curlew flypast

A chance encounter with a Curlew always improves my day. They’re my emotional connection to the wilderness we’ve lost.

Archaeopteryx - The Hall of Einar

Archaeopteryx

The Natural History Museum has some wonderful fossils, as well as casts of wonderful fossils faked to look real. Recognise this? Here’s …

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

London Squirrels

Grey Squirrels in London are almost fearless in some parks. I find them endlessly entertaining. This one appears to have an urgent …

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

Egyptian Goose

The Egyptian Goose is an introduced species and has, naturally, escaped to form a naturalised population in the UK. There are now …

Red Fox - The Hall of Einar - photograph (C) David Bailey (not the)

Mother and daughter

I’ve never been close to Red Foxes in daylight. I’ve seen them under amber street lights, alert to any danger, patrolling the …

Avocet - The Hall of Einar - photograph (C) David Bailey (not the)

Avocet

It’s late, but still quite light, when we arrive at the River Exe and I’m delighted to see an Avocet on the …

Snipe - The Hall of Einar - photograph (C) David Bailey (not the)

Snipe

I’ve never had a good view of a Snipe before. This time it’s different. We’re in a south-of-London park with a kind …

Red Fox - The Hall of Einar - photograph (C) David Bailey (not the)

London Fox

We’ve been offered the chance to see some wild London Foxes while we’re in London. We can’t resist, so we’re up early …

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

Kittiwake in the harbour

A Kittiwake over Brixham breakwater. Such beautiful, elegant birds with their dipped-in-ink wings and smokey winter heads. I’m looking forward to spending …

Seals, Brixham - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Playful

There’s some quite intense play-biting going on along the wooden pontoons in Brixham harbour. It’ll all end in a splash. I can …

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

A Shag in the harbour

Shags are a form of Cormorant found around our coasts. They are smaller than the Common Cormorant we get across the country. …