Territorial: a raven’s skirmishes can be claw to claw. Illustration: Michael Viney

Living beneath the flight path of ravens commuting from the mountains to the shore has let me eavesdrop on a good few of the 64 calls supposedly ident(...)

Still frozen: the fjord at Klaegbugt, in Germania Land, in northeastern Greenland. Illustration: Michael Viney

Towards the end of February the light is creeping back across the Arctic, and that, at least, won’t have changed. I can also assume, I think, that the(...)

Dinner time: a peregrine with its prey. Illustration: Michael Viney

The wind above the cliffs of Dubhoileán Mór was dishevelling even for a peregrine, tugging so fiercely at the thatch of his wings that the usual trim (...)

Wicklow beaches: nesting terns have to be fenced off. Illustration: Michael Viney

Airy as spindrift, sharp as knives, they flicker beyond the third wave in flashes of white light, plunge-diving for sand eels. Their courtship is an a(...)

 Nephin’s nature: wilderness in a modified landscape. Illustration: Michael Viney

There’s a stretch of road in north Mayo, through Bangor Erris to Mulrany, where the sky opens up to twice its normal size and is lighted, at ti(...)

Feathered flotilla: some of Ireland’s threatened scoters. Illustration: Michael Viney

We have never had a better sense of the timescales of Earth, of the ebb and flow of life across the planet, the rise and fall of species (not l(...)