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

The social distancing walk

We’re in the middle of the South Devon countryside. It’s going dark. It’s been a pleasant walk but it’s getting a little …

Red Campion - River Teign - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Red Campion

I’d recognise that pink anywhere. It’s Red Campion.

Crows - River Teign - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Crows at sunset

The Carrion Crows are still roosting on the River Teign. They feed on invertebrates in the mud in the estuary. Walking along …

Egg - photograph by David Bailey (not the)-

Egg

It’s not that long ago that collecting birds’ eggs was not just a scientific endeavour but a widespread hobby. Children would collect …

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

Little and Large

I’ve found that the best way of avoiding people is to go out early. And then go as far away from people …

Sunset - River Teign - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Sunset over the River Teign

It’s about time I got some exercise. I’ve been cooped up inside and eating more than is enjoyable. My son and I …

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

Cormorants hearing underwater

There’s a Cormorant at the Town Quay. It stands and hangs its wings out to dry just under the rusty railway bridge: …

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

Jackdaws in the rookery

I enjoyed my brief early morning trip to the empty park to see the nesting Rooks. I’m surprised to see the Rookery …

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

Cormorant in breeding plumage

I’ve never seen a Cormorant in breeding plumage before. When I spot one far off in the channel of the River Lemon, …

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

Flotilla

It’s a beautiful, placid scene. It’s gorgeous light on the River Teign as I spot a Mute Swan flying and then landing …

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

Dartmoor birds

A lockdown lifetime ago we went to Dartmoor for a walk. I say ‘a walk’, but it was more an amble from …

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

Old Broken-Beak is back

In my local park, a short walk from my house in South Devon, is a rookery. Rooks are highly social birds and …

Daisy Nook

Return to Daisy Nook

In a time before the lockdown I visited Daisy Nook Country Park. It’s in Failsworth, which is a great place to have …

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

Thumbs up

Wood Pigeons may look ungainly on the ground, but when they fly, they are elegant. Although this one is carrying a heavy …

Black Headed Gull - Town Quay - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

J1P4

Before Instagram was a thing I used to crop many of my photographs square. I do love the balanced composition of a …

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

Peregrines v Buzzard

A bit of daily exercise means a walk up the hill and back. I’m trying to avoid the Grand Old Duke of …

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

The Pigeon bath

The Feral Pigeons are having a bath. They’re bathing communally. Apart from this one: It looks like me getting in the sea, …

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

Practise on Pigeons

I’m keeping close to home at the moment. A short wander from the house is the historic town Quay with its GWR …

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

Gulls

This Herring Gull is magnificent. Look at the beak. It must be really missing chips and intimidation. This Black-Headed Gull is altogether …

Feral Pigeon - Town Quay - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Pigeons at the Quay

People interfering with nature have left their mark everywhere. It’s not just in the landscape or in the extinction of species. It’s …

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

One’s for sorrow

There’s a Magpie on a roof on the industrial estate nearby. It’s been busy tearing the moss off it. I’m not sure …

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

Deer

I feel slightly giddy thinking I was here: I suspect I may have been indoors too much recently. We were in the …

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

Crocus

The world turns, the sun burns and life returns. Purple and orange is such an extreme colour scheme.