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

Wrens

There is a family of Wrens flitting along the field boundary in front of us. They’re working the margins for insects and …

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

Injured animal

Arriving on Papa Westray, we have to walk the full length of the island to get to North Hill and the drama …

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

Kittiwake, Kittisleep

There’s a Kittiwake at the end of the pier where the Papa Westray ferry arrives. It’s stunning in the early morning light. …

Westray - The Hall of Einar

The pool

There’s a rock pool fed with fresh water fram a tiny waterfall on the west coast of Westray. I love how green …

Great Skuas and Kittiwake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Escape?

After seeing a couple of successful attacks by Great Skuas against juvenile Kittiwakes I feared the worst when this one strayed over …

Atlantic Wave III - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Atlantic Wave

I love walking the west coast of Westray. On a beautiful day there’s no place like it. I’ve been enjoying getting to …

Great Northern Diver - Westray - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Great Northern Diver

I had such a wonderful time last winter going to see Great Northern Divers in Brixham in Devon. I was able to …

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

Juvenile Arctic Skua

Arctic Skuas come to Orkney to breed. They’re kleptoparasites, attacking birds with fish and stealing their meal. They also attack people with …

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

A lone Swift at Noup Head

There’s a Swift at Noup Head on Westray. Swifts are called that for a reason. Can you see the fly it’s about …

I Dream of Puffins 75 x 50cm - The Hall of Einar

I Dream of Puffins

I dream of Puffins. I dream of being out on the soft, grassy cliffs and being surrounded by quirky birds cocking their …

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

Noust

A noust is a boat-shaped hollow. It’s an ancient word from Scandinavia. There are nousts made from stone laid by Vikings on …

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

Stenness sheep

We’re at the Standing Stones of Stenness when a sheep stares at me. There are only four of the twelve ancient stones …

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

Sunset and the whale

When you can see the horizon, on days when you can spin and see the sea and the clouds surrounding you, there’s …

Brian - The Hall of Einar

You’ll never find Brian here

I’ve always thought Brian was a strange name. The name had a peak of popularity around the time of The Magic Roundabout …

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

Heartwave

One August day, while walking the wild west coast of Westray I experienced the most marvellous Atlantic waves. The intense translucent turquoise …

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

Light and shade

I’m walking the wild west coast of Westray again. It’s magnificent. For a few months each year it’s inhabited by Arctic Skuas, …

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

If ever I could fly

Of all the birds of the sea, the greatest fliers are the Fulmars: There is no bird so alive to the shifting …

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

Peregrination

We’re walking the coast of Westray when I see it perched there. “There!” I say to the Puffin Whisperer, as I crouch …

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

Noticing

Noticing. It’s a newly fashionable word. I used to say observing. It’s something I do all the time. Noticing. The act by …

The Gift - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey

The Gift

I spent many days with the Puffins on the coast of Westray this summer. All were a joy. Some days were too …

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

A Comedy of Puffins

These Puffins have quite a lot to say to one another. They’re surprisingly social birds, with calls, displays and occasional disputes with …