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

Scenes from the sea

It’s all about perspective. Looking at familiar scenes from a different place always makes you think more deeply about them. Similarly, seeing …

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

Puffling in a flap

It’s rare to see a puffling, as young Puffins are called. They’re usually hidden in their rock or earth burrows, safe from …

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

Chasing Puffins

There’s a marked difference in the size of fish which Puffins bring to their burrows. I’m sure that they were bringing smaller …

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

Goodbye to Puffins

Puffins have gone from our shores for another year. It’s been a wonderful summer with them and a pleasure to see them …

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

Puffin sunset

A Puffin on one of its last evenings at the Castle o’ Burrian in Westray. This is a photograph I’ll be ordering …

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

Puffling preparations

In a sheer rock cliff there is a natural cavity in which a pair of Puffins have made their nest. Today their …

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

Brakes deployed

It takes every inch of wing space to stop a Puffin. And both feet.

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

Puffin bedding

Living in a hot burrow underground in summer with a youngster must get a bit smelly. Even at this late stage the …

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

Bumpy landing

I’ve seen Puffins flying underwater in an avian aquarium. They’re incredibly elegant. I’ve seen them flying and been amazed by their speed …

Sparkly Puffin 71 x 40cm

Sparkly Puffin

Humans and Puffins. We share a love of sunlight on turquoise ocean. And sparkles. We both love sparkles. I’ve just added another …

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

Puffin icon

It was a very Puffin Christmas here. I received a Puffin Icon from the Puffin Whisperer. She used a solid wooden block …

I Dream of Puffins 75 x 50cm - The Hall of Einar

I Dream of Puffins

I dream of Puffins. I dream of being out on the soft, grassy cliffs and being surrounded by quirky birds cocking their …

The Gift - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey

The Gift

I spent many days with the Puffins on the coast of Westray this summer. All were a joy. Some days were too …

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

A Comedy of Puffins

These Puffins have quite a lot to say to one another. They’re surprisingly social birds, with calls, displays and occasional disputes with …

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

Not every Puffin makes it

Puffins face constant threats. There are Great Skuas overhead every day on the lookout for the weak, the old, the unwary, or …

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

Flocking heaven

Getting a photograph of a Puffin flock is tricky. They’re fast and fly with seemingly random twists and turns. Too few birds …

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

Puffin blow-dry

Some Puffins are just so… pristine. This one has definitely just had a cut and blow-dry. Don’t you love that feeling? When …

New Prints Arrive - The Hall of Einar

Out of the Maelstrom

I had the most incredible day’s photography on the west coast of Westray. The sea was a raging tormented soul, with fomenting …

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

Fish envy

There’s a week in July which I call ‘peak Puffin’. It’s when every burrow is full of a hungry growing Puffling. Adults …