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Adult human female - The Hall of Einar

Adult Human female – the sequel

I was delighted when someone commented on my blog post Adult Human female with a thoughtful and opinion-filled reply. In my original …

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

Down the hatch

There’s a Great Northern Diver in Brixham harbour. It’s spent a short while removing the legs of a crab and is about …

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

Mediterranean Gull flypast

I love it when birds spot me as they fly past, and then give me a decent stare. They’re curious creatures, aren’t …

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

Sparrow

I love seeing Sparrows. They were my gateway drug into wildlife conservation. They were almost the only bird which visited our back …

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

Green-eyed Shag

The beautiful eyes of this Shag are like emeralds glinting in this bright sunshine. The natural world is more precious than anything …

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

6 Pipers piping

There are meant to be eleven pipers piping around this time of year, but there were only six at Brixham Breakwater. They’re …

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

A drip of water

There’s a drip of water on this Gannet’s beak. It’s just spotted a fish below, so it’ll shortly be completely submerged. This, …

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

Buoyed

I’m lying face down in fishy bird poo again and I’m swaying gently from side to side and up and down. No, …

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

The Crab and the Diver

A trip to Brixham breakwater was a welcome break from writing, and organising my life. I love the Great Northern Divers there. …

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

Red-Breasted Flycatcher

I receive a message on a WhatsApp group; there’s a Red-Breasted Flycatcher in Brixham. I’m not a twitcher, but being bird-curious, I’d …

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

Pipit, pipit

Meadow Pipits have a rather serious, stoic look. There are hundreds of families of Meadow Pipits on Westray, and, as I stood …

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

Razorbill

I’m used to seeing resplendent Razorbills in full breeding plumage on Westray. I’ve even photographed them bringing back fish to their rock …

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 …