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

Eider

I’ve never had a close view of a male Eider drake before. And now I have. They’re sailing the coasts of Orkney …

Red-Backed Shrike - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Red-Backed Shrike

There’s been an influx of Red-Backed Shrikes throughout Orkney and Westray has had its fair share. I’ve seen one before, in Italy, …

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

Little Tern

I’ve never had such close views of Little Terns as I’m getting today. They’re strange, compact birds, unlike the other more elongated …

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

Sandwich Tern

I’ve seen Sandwich Terns before, but only briefly. There’s one parading along the beach at the 3rd Churchill Barrier in Orkney and …

I made a film

I’ve been busy. I’ve got a camera and I’m going to use it. I made a film here in Orkney for a …

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

An open mouth

I find the shape of this gull’s open mouth fascinating. It’s rare to see the fully open mouth from the front so …

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

Ledge nesting

How do you land on a narrow ledge, high above the sea, in a stiff wind, which is already full of other …

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

Gloss

If this was an album cover, what would be the name of the band and LP? A group of three Shag in …

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

Waves

A life on the ocean wave. This Common Guillemot is bobbing up and down furiously, as am I, on this boat. It’s …

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

Common Guillemot take-off

Seeing the power of a Common Guillemot as it takes off is awe-inspiring. They have surprisingly short, narrow wings for a bird …

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

Grey Seal surfacing

A bull Grey Seal is a seriously large, impressive beast. Here’s one on a wildlife cruise out of Brixham: I’m glad I’m …

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

Kittiwake

It’s always a joy to see an elegant Kittiwake, especially when it catches a fish. Their population has been under significant pressure, …

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

Common Dolphin off Brixham

We’re on a boat trip off the Devon coast and have a few sightings of Common Dolphins. Tantalising, aren’t they? I used …

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

A Stock photo

Curiosity got the better of this Stock Dove. I’m still chuckling about it.

Black Tailed Godwit - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Black-Tailed Godwit

Incoming! There are Black-Tailed Godwits at Seaton Wetlands. Elegant, aren’t they? Their colours are wonderful.

Shelduck, Seaton Wetlands - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Shelduck squabble

There’s a squabble among the Shelducks at Seaton Wetlands. One had to make a hasty escape. There’s so much behaviour on display …

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

Pipit in the meadow

Meadow Pipits are the most common songbird in upland areas. We’re on Dartmoor and it’s true. They are everywhere here, with their …

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

Pied

I love the texture of granite on the roughly-hewn stone walls of Dartmoor. This Pied Wagtail was being ruffled by the breeze …

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

Oenanthe oenanthe

The Northern Wheatear’s scientific name is Oenanthe oenanthe. It means ‘Flower of the Vine’ in Ancient Greek. Its binomial name is a …

Cuckoo on Dartmoor - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Cuckoo!

We’ve off to see the Cuckoos, the wonderful Cuckoos of Dartmoor. We’re not following the yellow-brick road, but we are driving at …

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

Fixed with a piercing stare

I’m watching a Long-Tailed Bushtit’s nest from 20 metres away when I notice a Buzzard heading straight towards me. Those eyes are …

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

Coal Tit at home

I’m in Somerset in Swell Wood. There’s a Coal Tit checking out the nesting possibilities of a natural tree hole. It’s a …

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

Hatching a plan

Here’s an unusual photograph for you. It’s a Nuthatch the right way up.

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

Nest building

My favourite Pied Flycatcher has been successful in defending his chosen nest box and attracting a female. Well done, my young chap. …

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

Dinner

I’m staring up at woodpeckers in a tree when I’m aware a large bird has landed nearby. It’s too close for my …