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

Sticks on a stack

There’s a Herring Gull on the wall of the River Lemon. They always look as if they’re wearing strange flesh-coloured tights to …

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

Nesting material

Someone appears to have brought their dog hair clippings to the park. Either that or there’s been a horrendous dog fight here. …

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

10 grammes of warbling attitude

There’s a Willow Warbler giving it everything it’s got on Yarner Heath. Look at that little mouth, so wide open: I love …

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

A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker treat

Since taking photographs of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers I’ve learned what a treat they are for many people to see. They’re tiny, rare, …

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

Pied Flycatchers

Most of my photography is taken ‘in passing’. It’s very rare that I go out with the intention of photographing a particular …

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

Collared

I don’t know why, but I’ve never got close to a Collared Dove. Not in Devon, not in Italy, not in Orkney. …

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

Return to Dipper beach

I was so delighted last time I visited my local Dippers on the River Lemon: I decided to pay them another visit, …

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

Sorry to intrude

I spent a large part of my childhood going on nature walks. You never knew what you were going to find, being …

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

Fence-sitter

I hate sharp fences. They’re there to make sure property is protected, but their defence often turns into attack when people tangle …

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

Recycling

There’s a pair of Jackdaws working diligently through the cardboard in the recycling boxes. You’re meant to leave your recycling out before …

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

Flight

This Woodpigeon made a fabulous shape as it flew quickly overhead. It’s a massive file and the level of detail in every …

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

One dog ball after another

Sit or stand at the edge of the river and something soon becomes clear. There are an awful lot of dogs missing …

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

I am calling

Carrion Crows are some of the most interesting birds to observe. I occasionally watch a man who walks across a local footbridge …

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

Patterns of life

I love the patterns in old wood. Whenever I’m out walking I’m looking for signs of nature and signs of growth, textures …

Stonechat on Trendlebere Down - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Jump-on-a-Pole

The Stonechat is named after its call; a sound like two stones being banged together. I’ve really enjoyed my time with them …

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

Recovery

Life has a habit of damaging you. People get bitter and angry and cynical as they get older. They just can’t help …

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

Domesticus

The chirping of flocks of House Sparrows is a joyous thing. They’re noisy, gregarious creatures and full of the joys of spring. …

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

On the trail

It’s a year since I bought a trail camera. It senses movement or heat and triggers still and video recording. It’s a …

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

Waterbed

Have you ever tried making love on a waterbed? Ask a swan what it’s like. Archimedes could have predicted the outcome; you …

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

Alert

Robins are either alert or they are no longer. Being alert is a life or death capability. This one has a straight-footed …

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

Lesser Spotted Wildlife

I’m out early in the woods to catch the wildlife before the other photographers and birdwatchers get here. Here is a bit …

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

Can you see it?

I’m walking along the outskirts of my local industrial estate when a bird flies up from in front of me. It’s been …

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

A familiar sound

There’s a sound I know coming from the tree tops. I can’t see where it’s coming from. My directional hearing is awful. …

Buzzards on Trendlebere Down - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Buzzard drama on Dartmoor

I thought that last week’s Buzzard drama over my local industrial estate was it for me. After all, how much great Buzzard …