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Turnstone, Brixham - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

No stones to turn

Turnstones are regular visitors to Brixham harbour in the winter. They potter around the pontoons and waddle down the breakwater to the …

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

The Buzzard and its shadow

Buzzards are regal. They must be, because they bring with them a retinue wherever they go. Here’s one with its attendant, a …

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

Spatula

There is a pair of Northern Shovelers, Spatula clypeata, in The Regent’s Park. I sit under a weeping Willow and hope they’ll …

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

Tame Herons

The Herons in The Regent’s Park in central London are tame. That’s the only word to describe them. I’ve been here in …

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

Dragging their knuckles

I’m a huge fan of National Trust properties, a paying member, and an enthusiastic visitor to their land and their buildings. I’m …

Football, beer and crisps

I’m in the pub eating a packet of crisps, drinking a pint of beer and watching the football. Great isn’t it. But …

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

Grobust

This is where I’d like to be now. Grobust on Westray.

Red Belted Conk - Fomitopsis pinicola - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A Red Belted Conk

There’s the familiar orange-red band on this Red Belted Conk. Lovely, isn’t it? Its scientific name is Fomitopsis pinicola. It cheers me …

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

Juvenile Moorhens

These juvenile Moorhens are clearly hungry. They’ve fluttered up on top of a wall and are helping themselves to seeds which have …

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

Cycling past Waxcaps

I’m cycling on Dartmoor when I see a Blackening Waxcap, Hygrocybe conica. It’s always a thrill so spot one, so I dismount …

Purple Curtain Crust - Chondrostereum purpureum - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Purple Curtain Crust

I do love a good fungusy twig. Here’s one with Purple Curtain Crust, Chondrostereum purpureum, rippling on it like a cuttlefish. Don’t …

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

Brushes and combs

Teasel is a biennial plant. That means it takes two years to finish its life cycle. The first year is taken up …

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

Death to the land

I took a trip to Black Moss Covert Nature Reserve in Cheshire. It was surrounded by lifeless, poisoned land. Black Moss Covert …

Silver-Washed Fritillary - Lago Albano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A Silver-Washed Fritillary

I took a photograph of this Silver-Washed Fritillary, Argynnis paphia, this summer in Italy. They are astonishingly fast, have pointed wings and …

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

Einar

Here’s an aerial photograph of my house in Westray. It’s called Einar because, well, I’ve written a blog about it: Actually, I …

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

Perching Linnet

I loved seeing this male Linnet perching on the wind-burnt twigs in the garden of Einar this summer. He’s a beautiful sight …

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

Nuthatch

A Nuthatch has arrived at Daisy Nook. It’s hungry after a cold night. Just look at those claws. No wonder it can …

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

Feral Pigeon

An incoming Feral Pigeon in beautiful light is a wonderful sight. It always gladdens the heart.

Deadly Webcap - Cortinarius rubellus - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Deadly

Here’s a fungus you should learn to identify if you’re interested in foraging and eating wild fungi. It’s the Deadly Webcap, Cortinarius …

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

Chicken of the Woods

There’s a young Chicken of the Woods, Laetiporus sulphureus, on an oak tree. Correction, there was young Chicken of the Woods, Laetiporus …

Orange Peel Fungus - Aleuria aurantia - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Orange Peel Fungus

Orange Peel Fungus, Aleuria aurantia, is unmistakable. Just look at it: I’ve written about it before, and posted beautiful illustrations of it …

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

Pine-cone Bonnet

The Pine-cone Bonnet, Mycena seynii, is a beautiful fairy-bonnet cap which grows on pine cones. It’s so beautiful I wish I’d brought …