The Black Swan really does seem to have taken over the role of guardian to the lone cygnet. Today the aggressive Mute Swan had stopped bothering them, and they were preening side by side on the shore next to the Lido restaurant terrace.
Together they make an irresistible begging duo, and they were getting a lot of attention and food from the people on the terrace.
The oldest of this year's young Greylag Geese now look almost like adults. They are not yet quite full size, and their feather pattern looks slightly scalloped, where an adult's is more barred. An adult also has a distinct white line along the lower edge of its folded wings.
This teenage Moorhen at the east end of the Serpentine won't look adult for several months. It takes time to develop the adult's gaudy red and yellow bill and yellow legs.
The young Pied Wagtails will also have to wait for another moult until they have the strong 'half-timbered' pattern of adults. This one was on the edge of the Round Pond.
Young Robins grow their red breast feathers gradually. This one in the Dell hasn't started yet, but there is another one here that is far more advanced -- I photographed it on Saturday.
A young Wren near the Italian Garden already looks adult apart from the yellow edges to its bill.
One of the adult Reed Warblers near the bridge paused for a moment before darting off into a tree to collect more insects for its demanding youngsters.
In late summer a holly tree on the west side of the Long Water suddenly becomes filled with Starlings chattering noisily. It's always the same tree, near the path and a little north of the horse chestnut that fell into the water.
It's not clear why they choose this tree to congregate. The berries won't be ripe for months.
One of the Little owlets near the Albert Memorial looked quizzically at me from an oak tree.
The male Little Owl near the leaf yard was restless because there was a noisy children's outing next to his two chestnut trees. He flew from the nest tree to the upper tree, where I took this picture.
There was a Small Red-Eyed damselfly on the algae in the Round Pond. The patches of algae are covered in small insects which attract four kinds of damselfly -- Common Blue, Blue-Tailed, and Large and Small Red-Eyed -- as well as Emperor dragonflies.
A honeybee was browsing on a patch of ragwort next to the bridge.