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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 …

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

Flypast

I’m sat on the cliffs of Westray in pleasant light. It’s the middle of summer and it’s finally made it to 16 …

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

The scolders are at it again

You may be the great Baakie, Lord of All He Surveys, largest gull in the entire world, but you’re still going to …

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

Let me introduce the band…

Great! The backing singers have arrived. Now let me introduce you to the star of the show: Razorbills are such great entertainers. …

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

Waves

I love a breezy day on Westray. The waves fascinate me. Watching them roll and seeing a small tunnel appear within them, …

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

A Red-Necked Phalarope drops in

I see it from a distance initially. It’s always best to be lying on the ground in complete camouflage-pattern waterproofs with high …

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

Black Guillemot and fish

There are 19,000 pairs of Black Guillemot in the UK. I’m enjoying the company of the ones which breed off the coast …

Arctic Tern over the Rainbow - the Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Pickieterno over the rainbow

I’m out taking photographs of the female Grey Phalarope. Yes, this one: I did come here to take photographs of Dunlin, which …

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

Dunlin

Yesterday I wrote about my experience looking for Dunlin. I did see them, but my trip was hijacked by one of the …

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

Give ’em enough Phalarope

It’s another day on Westray and another chance to walk the cliffs and paths of the island. I’ve got the usual camera …

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

Whaup in Buttercups

Whaup is the Orcadian name for the Eurasian Curlew, Numenius arquata. Here’s one flying above the Buttercups in Westray: They’re severely threatened …

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

Scolder

Eurasian Oystercatchers have no fear. They’re happy to make the lives of any other bird, or even human, a misery with their …

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

Rock Pipit

There are three types of Pipit: paper, scissors and rock. This is a Rock Pipit: Although it’s beautiful and close and detailed …

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

That elusive flight shot

We discovered a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos major, nest recently. It wasn’t the obvious hole in the side of the tree which …

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

Italian Wall Lizard

I can see an Italian Wall Lizard climbing a distant tree. The light is beautiful so I take a photograph. I love …

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

Flutterbyes

Here’s a flying Swallowtail butterfly, Papilio machaon: It’s a little tattered but beautiful all the same: Here’s a perfect example of how …

Eastern Bath White Butterfly - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Egg-Laying

I’ve enjoyed being amongst the butterflies in Parco della Caffarella. There are many different species and it’s great to see them actively …

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

Odonata

There’s a Keeled Skimmer Dragonfly, Orthetrum coerulescens, above this tiny stream in Rome. It’s a female and has the distinctive black line …

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

European Pond Turtle

My life in the natural world is full of ‘Wow!’ moments. Today was one of them. It was a multiple ‘Wow!’ when …

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

Wild Humbugs

We’ve gone for a walk outside of Rome and I’m on the lookout for birds and butterflies. I wander through a loose …

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

The habits of Monks

The meadow here in Rome is full to bursting with thistles with huge flower heads. The sight is as gorgeous as walking …

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

Helping a Skink to cross the road

There’s an Italian Three-Toed Skink, Chalcides chalcices, on the footpath at Parco della Caffarella in Rome. It looks like a snake, but …

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

Sharp Swallow

I’m having fun in the sun practising my bird in flight photography. Perhaps the most difficult bird to photograph is the Barn …