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

Teewhuppos

There’s an adult Lapwing calling near the farm track as we bobble along it. That’s odd because they normally just fly away. …

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

Mallimack life

Fulmars are my favourite birds to watch flying. They have an effortless confidence on the wind, and glide with stiff wings as …

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

One Arctic Skua evening

Arctic Skuas are one of my favourite birds. Their swept-back wings, hooked beaks and pointed tail feathers make a distinctive silhouette. I …

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

Pool Frog

There’s a Pool Frog in this reflection pool. I’m trying to take photographs of birds here, but this frog has diverted me …

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

More Puffins

I took more photographs of Puffins this summer than I can possibly post. So here are some of my unseen favourites. I …

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

Crested Tit

I’ve not seen a Crested Tit before. They live in pine forests in Scotland and that’s a habitat I’ve not spent a …

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

A Pied Flycatcher in the woods

There’s a Pied Flycatcher here: What a stunning bird. The Pied Flycatcher’s scientific name is Ficedula hypoleuca. The RSPB estimates there are …

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

Greenfinches

Adult Greenfinches are stunning birds. The intensity of their plumage in beautiful dappled light has to be experienced to be believed. Their …

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

Marsh Tit

There’s a beautiful Marsh Tit close by: Lovely, isn’t it? And such gorgeous light. It was a pleasure to have a few …

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

Jays at the pool

It’s always a thrill to see Jays. They are, however, difficult to see. The most likely reason for that is human persecution. …

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

Goldfinches

We have Goldfinch visitors to the reflection pool, here in Slovenia. They are alert to any danger and approach cautiously. Drinking makes …

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

The white-tipped tail

There’s a Red Fox, Vulpes vulpes, in the forest. At first I can only see its tail, held aloft, with its distinctive …

Cattle Egret - Lago di Martignano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Cattle Egret

I’ve seen Cattle Egrets, Bubulcus ibis, before, on a trip to Italy. That was in the summer. Here’s my experience: I’m in …

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

Fledgling Rock Pipit

I’m climbing down the shallow cliffs to the sea to take photographs of Puffins in flight when I hear the usual pipping …

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

Tracing the outlines

I’m tracing the outlines of a barnacle city on the rocks of Westray’s shore. The outlines remind me of looking down on …

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

National Ragwort Day

Ragwort is a national treasure and should be celebrated. It’s a gloriously cheerful plant of the most intense yellow and green. It’s …

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

Escape

It’s hard to discuss bird behaviour without projecting human values, behaviours and emotions on them. Are birds happy? Playing? Angry? I suggest …

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

Webbed feet

If you are wondering how Puffins catch fish, they actually fly under water. They float on the surface of the water, sticking …

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

Juvenile Arctic Skua

There’s a juvenile Arctic Skua overhead. I’m getting amazing views. It’s not from this year because it has very different plumage from …

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

Rock home

It’s entertaining to spend a day on the cliffs with a flask of tea and a local cheese sandwich on home-made bread …

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

Masters of the side-wind landing

Puffins still have to land whichever way the wind is blowing. That’s tricky, because ideally they would like to land into the …

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

What’s in a flock?

I’ve been enjoying sitting on the grass watching a flock of Dunlin feeding. Occasionally they take off, especially when an Arctic Skua …

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

Puffins

Here’s a small collection of some of my previously unposted Puffin shots from this summer. Little sweetheart: Don’t look now, but I …

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

…you’re sure of a big surprise

The instructions our Slovenian guide, Miha, gives us are impeccably clear. He speaks in Italian first, then checks our nationalities and speaks …