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

King of the Castle o’ Burrian

It’s been great to watch the Puffins this year. This one was collecting last-minute bedding for its Puffling. The air must get …

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

Razorbill – with fish!

I’ve seen hundreds of Puffins with beak-fulls of fish recently, but it’s still a rarity to watch a Razorbill fly past fully-laden …

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

Working Westray #3

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time for my series on Working Westray. Cass, the vet, has come out to the island to scan …

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

Kittisleeps

Fledgling Kittiwakes are littering the inlets and cliffs of Westray. They seem like they are playing, delighted with their wings, whirling around …

Arctic Tern and Great Black-Backed Gull - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Chasing

Once species chasing another is the order of the day. Inter-species conflict is breaking out all over the island. We’ve had an …

Ringed Plover - The Hall of Einar

How low can you go?

I’d like you to have a look at two of my photographs, taken a minute or two apart. They are of a …

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

Synchro Puffin

Synchro Puffin should be a new Animal Olympics sport. Or should that be Animalympics? Maybe not, that was a cartoon. These two …

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

Working Westray #2

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time for my series on Working Westray. I’m in a spacious garage in Pierowall with Edith of Westray …

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

Juvenile Puffin flypast

I’ve taken a few thousand photographs of Puffins flying past me in the past few days. Most of them have fish in …

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

Twinkle twinkle little Puffin

Evenings are special when the sun sets slowly over the North Sea. Puffins gather in huge floats in the bay and fly …

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

Outbuilding Sparrows

There’s a male House Sparrow chirping insistently on a bare patch of ground. He’s fluffed up his belly and is enjoying the …

Red-Throated Diver - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Red-Throated Diver

I had a message that there was a Red-Throated Diver, Gavia stellata, in one of Westray’s many bays a few days ago. …

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

Leave only footprints

They say ‘Take only photographs, leave only footprints’. The Dunlin wading in the mud in the pools at the north end of …

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

Working Westray

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time for the first in my series on Working Westray. Here’s my good neighbour Alistair sharpening one of …

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

The Arctic Skua family

The Arctic Skuas on the Westside have a chick. It appears to be bigger than they are. It’s easy to see the …

Ringed Plover nest - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Ground-nesting Sandy Laverock

There’s a Ringed Plover nest here, next to the footpath, near the coast: I can tell that because, as I walk past, …

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

Gannetry

There’s a Northern Gannet colony at Noup Head on Westray. Whenever there’s a breeze in the right direction the Gannets appear at …

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

Sunset through the haar

It’s easy to forget the time when you’re immersed in nature. When the light is this orange, though, you know it must …

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

Fish!

I’ve spent several days recently photographing Atlantic Puffins with fish. It’s for a wonderful creative project I’m involved with. More about that …

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

A minute and counting

Common Guillemots are free-diving pursuit divers. Their diet is fish, and the fish which are alive in today’s ocean are the descendants …

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

We’re going on a Puffin hunt

Arctic Skuas are one of my favourite birds. They do, however, hunt Puffins to rob them of their fish. I’ve previously photographed …

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

Heads or tails?

“Heads or tails?” “Heads.” “Sorry, it’s tails.” When you see an Atlantic Puffin arriving with a beak full of sand eels the …

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

Bridled Common Guillemots

There are Common Guillemots, Uria aalge, flying in front of the cliffs at Noup Head on Westray. It’s a breezy day and the …