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

Sedge Warblers

I’ve had great views of Sedge Warblers in Somerset. They manage to fly non-stop from sub-Saharan Africa to the exact spot they …

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

Not every Puffin makes it

Puffins face constant threats. There are Great Skuas overhead every day on the lookout for the weak, the old, the unwary, or …

Porcini - The Hall of Einar - David Bailey (not the)

Ceps, Porcini, Penny Buns

It’s time for strange unearthly shapes to emerge from the damp autumnal ground. Yes, it’s mushroom season. This year I’ve been fabulously …

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

A Damson conversion

Last year I had an interesting job. I was working away long hours on an industrial estate in Kent. One of the …

Domenico - The Hall of Einar - (c) David Bailey

Domenico

I had no expectations when I first visited the Italian Chapel in Orkney. I’d not seen any photographs larger than postage stamps …

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

A wild Neolithic hat-trick

It’s time for me to catch the ferry away from Orkney for a short while. I have an evening to spare and …

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

Flocking heaven

Getting a photograph of a Puffin flock is tricky. They’re fast and fly with seemingly random twists and turns. Too few birds …

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

Rock Pipits close up

It’s taken me four years but I can now safely call myself a nature photographer. That’s worrying. The first time I was …

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

Puffin blow-dry

Some Puffins are just so… pristine. This one has definitely just had a cut and blow-dry. Don’t you love that feeling? When …

New Prints Arrive - The Hall of Einar

Out of the Maelstrom

I had the most incredible day’s photography on the west coast of Westray. The sea was a raging tormented soul, with fomenting …

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

Twite on a wire

There’s a Twite on a wire. We’re down to our last 10,000 breeding pairs. There’s always a small, hardy flock here, perched …

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

Razor totin’ Bill

I can’t hear the name Razorbill without hearing Howlin’ Wolf sing Wang Dang Doodle. Tell automatic slimTell razor totin’ jimTell butcher knife …

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

Fish envy

There’s a week in July which I call ‘peak Puffin’. It’s when every burrow is full of a hungry growing Puffling. Adults …

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

Ravens and rocks

The west coast of Westray has some of the best walking in the islands. There are fossilised remains of ripples on the …

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

Last call of the Curlew

Every time I mention that Curlews are threatened, that their populations are collapsing, that several of the species worldwide are threatened or …

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

Solan Goose

There’s time for a quick trip to Noup Head. Dramatic cliffs, tens of thousands of seabirds, breathtaking views over the Ocean. What’s …

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

Flying Aaks

There’s a low flying Guillemot coming past the bottom of the cliffs. It’s a great aerodynamic shape, although perhaps I should say …

Arctic Skua hunting Guillemot for fish - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Arctic Skua hunting sequence

Here’s a Guillemot flying past me on the west Westray coast. It’s a grey day, but the rain has cleared and there’s …

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

Arctic Skua

I’m walking the west coast of Westray again. It’s wild and wonderful. There are processions of Guillemots coming past fast and low. …