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

A funny Tern

I love the small bright yellow boat in Pierowall bay. Having called it a boat, someone will probably correct me and tell …

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

Gannet missile technology

As I child I read a book called Magic of the Senses by Vitus B. Droscher, a popular science exploration of the …

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

Flying Wren

I’ve enjoyed the Wrens at Einar this year. They’ve been a joy. Their lives are led in a sheltered garden, full of …

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

Feather bed

The encyclopaedia says there are four seasons in temperate latitudes. Billy Connolly, however, said, “There are two seasons in Scotland; June and winter”. …

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

Absolute scenes

Absolute scenes here today at Einar as the Wrens fledged. I’ve been watching the parents bringing invertebrates into one of my ‘useful …

Short-Eared Owl - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The shock of an Owl

I’m standing in the garden of Einar, against a stone wall, taking photographs of Swallows. They’re great to practise on because they’re …

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

Bottles

There’s a piece of marshland I regularly trespass on. It’s between a river and a railway and accessible only by climbing down …

Sparkly Puffin 71 x 40cm

Sparkly Puffin

Humans and Puffins. We share a love of sunlight on turquoise ocean. And sparkles. We both love sparkles. I’ve just added another …

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

Wall Pennywort

Umbilicus rupestris is a great scientific name for Wall Pennywort. Its alternative name is Navelwort. I prefer the name Bellybutton plant, but …

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

No

Farming near a town must be very stressful. It’s not just the dogs being walked near sheep. Although that’s stressful enough. There’s …

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

Buzzard chick

I’ve cycled out to The Wood again. I’m collecting my trail camera (more of which, later) and want to check on the …

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

Bee Orchid

I’ve seen Bee Orchids before. I went all the way to Brixham to search for them and was successful. They were a …

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

Bluebells

Bluebells are a woodland species. Here, on Dartmoor, there are fields of them. It used to be forest but we cut all …

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

Warbling in the reeds

I’m having a wander through the reeds in the heat of the sun. I can hear the robotic call of the Reed …

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

Goldmoss

I’m cycling around villages in South Devon when I see an old stone wall completely covered in intense yellow-gold flowers. It looks …

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

Home Sparrows

House sparrows have accompanied human domestication. They’ve followed our agricultural practices. They’ve lived in our homes and they’ve eaten our spilled grain. …

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

Evening song

Sometimes you’ve just got to stop and listen to nature.

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

Goosegrass

Sticky Willie. Cleavers. Goosegrass. All great names for an extraordinary plant. Here it is is a pool of sunlight in a South …

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

The Buzzard’s call

I’ve finally found the active Buzzard’s nest deep in The Wood. It’s not this one: They’ve built another smaller one higher up …

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

Something to hoot about

My friend Paul made and put up an owl box in one of the large trees which border his property. He chose …

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

St George is late to the rescue

Have you noticed the weather. There’s a possibility that you’re reading this in the UK, so it’s likely that you’re similarly obsessed …

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

Green Hairstreak

The Green Hairstreak is a green butterfly. Saying it’s green really does do it a disservice, though. Just look at that colour! …