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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 …

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 …

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

Emerald eyes

I’m walking along the barren rocky coast of the north of Westray. There seems to be very little directly north of here …

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

Spray

I love how a lively sea gives a different perspective to a Shag’s life.

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

A Shag in the harbour

Shags are a form of Cormorant found around our coasts. They are smaller than the Common Cormorant we get across the country. …

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 …

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 …

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

A day trip to Stronsay

Stronsay is one of the ‘other’ Orkney islands. I’ve not been there before because there’s no way of getting there from Westray …

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

Shag in breeding plumage

Birds with crests always seem exotic, don’t they? As if they don’t belong. As if they should be in the Tropics somewhere. …

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

Diving Shag

There’s a Shag on the River Teign. It’s working its way upstream. I have to walk briskly to the next position I …

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

Shag

There’s a perky looking Shag at Brixham. What an exceptional bird. That lemon-yellow gape and oil-black plumage is set-off by a jaunty …

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

Splash!

The seas are magical here. There are exhilarating waves at the Knowe o’ Skea. Out on the skerries, the wary Shags gather, …

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

The Atlantic

Westray has two sides: a North Sea side and an Atlantic Ocean side. They meet with dramatic consequences at the northernmost and …

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

The hours before sunset

We’re on Westray and only have a few hours before sunset to see some wildlife at the Castle o’ Burrian. At least …