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

Rock on concrete

There’s a Rock Pipit on Brixham Breakwater. I love seeing them here, as they skit along the top of the breakwater, looping …

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

Waiting for the change

I can’t wait to see some Mediterranean Gulls in breeding plumage. Until then, I’ll just have to appreciate how handsome they are …

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

Little mover

The scientific name for the Pied Wagtail is Motacilla alba. Motacilla means ‘Little mover’ and alba means white. This one certainly has …

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

Cuttlefish for breakfast

When I’ve visited Brixham harbour over the past few years and walked down the historic slipway near the breakwater I’ve often seen …

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

Drip

It’s always a delight to see a Great Northern Diver in Brixham harbour. What I’d really like to see is one of …

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

Trunk

A trip to Sidmouth allowed me the chance to attempt to emulate the artist Paul Nash’s talent in photographing fallen trees and …

J1P4 Black Headed Gull - the Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The return of J1P4

Hello! I’m back after a little time away, working and enjoying myself. It’s good to be back. It’s also good to see …

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 …