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

Grey seal

There’s a Grey Seal investigating me as I lie at sea-level on Brixham Breakwater. It’s as if they can’t quite believe that …

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

Diving Shag

There’s a Shag diving in Brixham harbour. They’re a pleasure to watch, you just never know when they’re going to dive, or …

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

Avocets and mud

It’s odd that most wading birds are brown and heavily camouflaged and yet Avocets are, well, noticeable. I wonder why? I’m sure …

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

Curlew in flight

The brief warmth of the sun in the afternoon on a cold day was a welcome interlude on a trip to Exminster …

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

A date with Waxcaps

A trip to Somerset to see my friend Martin had the unintended bonus of a walk and a crop of wonderful waxcap …

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

Life and death on the waves

Strange things happen in the natural world. Here’s a photograph from a sequence that I’m still mentally processing. From left to right: …

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

Big fish

I’ve loved watching the Arctic Terns in Orkney this summer. They’re fascinating. I spent hours watching them come back to their colonies …

Arctic Tern with Lumpsucker - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Arctic Terns and Lumpsuckers

Watching Arctic Terns pull Lumpsuckers out of the water is a thrill. I love the spray of water around this one and …

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

Yellow Wagtail

Here’s a bad photograph of a bird I’ve never seen before. It’s a Yellow Wagtail. We were driving in Italy when I …

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

Stonechat chicks

I’m catching up this week with all the things I should have done months ago. One of them is to post this …

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

Cooked Eye

There’s a male Sardinian warbler, Curruca melanocephala, in the bushes. It seems quite agitated. I love the scratchy sound they make in the …

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

Melodious

I’m thinking back to a glorious summer in Italy, where I noticed a loud song coming from the bushes in Parco della …

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

About turn

I love the way that Hen Harriers can turn so quickly. The combination of strong wings and a long tail mean they …

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

Up to your ankles

There’s a Grey Heron up to its ankles in the River Tone. Snacks are on its mind. Fishy ones. Or maybe I’m …

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

Heron on the weir

There’s a Grey Heron at the base of the weir. It appears to be a good place for fish as it’s scooped …

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

Victoria amazonica

Giant Waterlilies are so fabulous that Kew Gardens built a Waterlily House just to house them. I like the way that Kew …

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

Bamboo at Kew

The Giant Bamboo at Kew looks like Asparagus to me. They’re both monocotyledonous plants, which means they’ve only got one leaf in …

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

A load of rubbish

Plastic. It’s everywhere. The only solution is not to produce it in the first place. Much of it seems to be drinks …

Autumn Leaves in the River Tone - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Leaves on the Tone

As another leaf heads down the River Tone and is about to swoosh down the weir, I think of all of the …

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

Woodland gem-studded marvels

It’s 47 years ago today that I first noted down Common Puffballs in my nature notebooks. The tiny gem-like spikes on the …

Autumn Leaves in the River Tone - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Leaf boats

Watching autumn leaves float by on the River Tone is hypnotic. It’s almost a fitting seasonal compensation for sitting here for hours …

Autumn Leaves in the River Tone - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Autumn leaf

An autumn leaf on the weir on the River Tone. I’ve had a great weekend with my friend Martin in Taunton. We …

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

Ripples

I’m exploring the north coast of Scotland and it’s stunning. The weather has been wonderful, the people are friendly, the roads well …