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

European Pond Turtle

My life in the natural world is full of ‘Wow!’ moments. Today was one of them. It was a multiple ‘Wow!’ when …

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

Wild Humbugs

We’ve gone for a walk outside of Rome and I’m on the lookout for birds and butterflies. I wander through a loose …

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

The habits of Monks

The meadow here in Rome is full to bursting with thistles with huge flower heads. The sight is as gorgeous as walking …

Three-Toed Skink - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Helping a Skink to cross the road

There’s an Italian Three-Toed Skink, Chalcides chalcices, on the footpath at Parco della Caffarella in Rome. It looks like a snake, but …

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

Sharp Swallow

I’m having fun in the sun practising my bird in flight photography. Perhaps the most difficult bird to photograph is the Barn …

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

New life

The Coots on my local lake had six chicks earlier in the year. All of them were eaten. They built another nest …

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

A small furry nose

When no-one else is looking this Brown Rat, Rattus norvegicus, crawls from the undergrowth and helps itself to the surplus bird food …

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

Return to Cuckooville

Wild Cuckoos are truly wild birds. They don’t tolerate human presence. I’m hidden in camouflage and bracken waiting for them to come …

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

Foalish

Images of mothers and children are incredibly powerful to humans. It’s even the case that we respond to other mammals: Mare and …

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

Cafe culture

I’m at Portland in Dorset with my friend Mark when he offers to buy us ice creams. I’m hardly likely to refuse, …

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

Feeding time

The Green Woodpecker chick is now large enough to stick its head out of the nesting hole. Previously all we could see …

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

A mirror for Skylarks

There’s a Skylark atop the burnt Gorse above Emsworthy Mire on Dartmoor. It’s standing in classic, erect, Skylark pose, with chin up …

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

Return to Emsworthy Mire

Emsworthy Mire on Dartmoor is one of my favourite places. It’s easy to get to, close to home, and not very busy. …

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

Losing your nut

One minute you have it and the next minute it’s gone. This is what it’s like when you lose your nut. The …

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

Coots and Moorhens

Coots and Moorhens are fairly familiar birds of lakes, ponds and canals. They are both members of the Rallidae, a family which include Rails, like the …

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

Beavers on the Otter

There are Beavers on the River Otter. I park in Otterton (yes, really) and we have a pint in The King’s Arms …

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

Mandarin splashabout

I love a Mandarin Duck shot. I decide to lie on the ground and get my camera as low to the water …

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

Yet more Green Woodpeckers

Being in a portable hide and spending time with these Green Woodpeckers has been a thrill. Here’s the male with his distinctive …

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

More Green Woodpeckers

Okay, I’m getting the hang of these Green Woodpeckers now. You wait for three hours and see nothing. You hear a call, …

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

Cosy Squirrels

I couldn’t resist taking this photograph, although it took me a long time, as I was too busy admiring how cute this …

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

This is the shot I wanted

And I didn’t disturb the bird to get it. We discovered a Green Woodpeckers’ nest just over a month ago. Since then …

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

A Mandarin Duck spectacular

The light’s just right. And so is the duck. Photographs of Mandarin Ducks just never get old. Unlike me. After lying down …

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

Tit in blossom

People picking a favourite month always seems strange to me, as if you could have one month without the others. Anyway, if …