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

Walking the walk

Magpies are one of the most difficult birds to photograph. The human eye sees light and shade in a completely different way …

Common Kestrel on Aylesbeare Common - The Hall of Einar

The Aylesbeare Kestrel

I do love a good Kestrel flight shot. Don’t you? Every time I see one when I’m driving I wish I could …

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

Grey Heron flypast

A Grey Heron flies past me from left to right at Stover Country Park. I don’t notice it until it’s too late …

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

A Peedie Whaup

Eurasian Whimbrels are large waders, although they are not as large as Eurasian Curlews. As soon as I spot a group of …

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

Brown-capped Blackcap

There’s a female Blackcap in this lichen-encrusted tree. Here’s what the male looks like, together with my thoughts on how ridiculous descriptions …

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

Squirrel hunt

Grey Squirrels take their food as seriously as Italian people. This one has its eyes on a prize: Those eyes are huge …

Orange Tip White Butterfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Orange and yellow

This Orange-Tip, Anthocharis cardamines, is a beautiful spring sight, especially when feeding on an intense yellow dandelion. Have you seen its tongue? …

Yellow-Bellied Slider - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Yellow Bellied Slider

I’m taking photographs in Daisy Nook Country Park, near my old haunts as a child, when a woman walking a dog asks …

Hides and garden birds - The Hall of Einar

Hides and garden birds

In Italy we visit Lago di Alviano and enjoy their small birds’ hide. The hide is large and L-shaped, there’s furniture in …

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

Lambs

What’s the difference between bleating and baaing? Lambs are a joy. They’re fresh to the world and still surprised by it. They’re …

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

The egg thief

Carrion Crows don’t just eat carrion. This one has found an egg. I don’t know where the egg came from. The Crow …

Recreating Tunnicliffe's Stonechats

Recreating Tunnicliffe’s Stonechats

Ever since I discovered Stonechats and Charles Tunnicliffe’s portrait of them, I’ve wanted to reproduce his painting in a photograph. Here’s the …

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

Excavation

The local Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers have been excavating a new nest. They are a rare species and people are sensitive about revealing …

Bird Portraits at Daisy Nook - The Hall of Einar

Bird portraits at Daisy Nook

Birds have evolved a wide range of faces. Here’s a Coot with that large white faceplate: And a Mute Swan with a …

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

Duckling time

It’s duckling time and a splishy and splashy grand parade of cuteness is heading my way. I think there are seven or …

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

Fire! Fire!

The scientific name of the Eurasian Bullfinch is Pyrrhula pyrrhula. It means Fire! Fire! That’s certainly what I think when one appears …

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

Coot cuties

Last week this Coot was sitting on six eggs. I waited until the incubating parent had a brief rearrange of their eggs …

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

Stock Dove flypast

I remember the shock of finding out that Stock Doves exist. I know what a Feral Pigeon is: I know what a …

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

So good they hunted it twice

I was in the British Museum when I noticed this mosaic pavement showing a Wild Boar being confronted by a hunting dog. …