The Mute Swans nesting in the netting east of the Lido are hatching their eggs. Here is a new cygnet still damp from the egg, while another is just emerging on the left ...
... and, a few minutes later, beginning to sit up and take notice.
Ths swans on the Long Water had taken their family up to the Vista, where there were a lot of other swans. The male showed off in front of his mate by charging at them, and managed to chase most of them away.
The cygnets watched, learning correct swan behaviour.
The Black Swan was on the edge of the Serpentine, picking up sticks. His nesting behaviour seems to be as obsessional as that of a Coot. His ruffles are beginning to go back, but it is several weeks before he will be elegant again.
This is the first picture I was able to get of the Pochard with a duckling, near the platform of Bluebird Boats. Virginia had found them several days before. Probably the duckling has managed to survive because its mother kept it under the platform. It was diving very efficiently, which would also help to preserve it from the gulls.
This is the first time in anyone's memory that a Pochard has managed to breed in this park, which is hardly surprising when you consider that only two pairs are permanent residents.
On the other side of the lake, the Greylag Geese were keeping the pigeons away from their goslings.
At the Lido restaurant, a Starling hungrily eyed some chips, a food they are particularly fond of.
A Great Spotted Woodpecker near the Henry Moore sculpture was collecting more traditional food for its young.
So was a Blackbird near the Diana fountain.
The Little owlets were playing peekaboo in the chestnut tree.
Their mother was in the same tree, keeping an eye on them.
The people at Bluebird Boats saw two Common Terns yesterday on the Serpentine, perching on the moored pedalos between fishing expeditions.