Sunday, 28 May 2017

It seems almost certain now that there are two Grey Wagtail nests -- one in the usual place under the little plank bridge across the Dell waterfall, the other in the willow tree overhanging the Long Water near the road bridge. This is one of the parents from the second nest, hunting along the shore on the other side of the bridge.

The young Long-Tailed Tits have started feeding themselves. They grow up very fast.

But the young Starlings are still chasing their parents through the trees shouting for food. Here an adult takes time off duty to have a preen in the winged elm tree near the Italian Garden.

There was a sight of a Little Owl in the chestnut tree near the leaf yard.

While we were there, a Hobby whizzed past and there was just time to snatch a picture of it.

The Great Crested Grebe chick from the island was between the moored boats, waiting for its parents to bring it a fish.

The young Grey Heron often stands on the baskets surrounding the island.

This pair of herons, both only a year old, were on the gravel bank at the Vista.

Above them in the trees there are three large baskets put up for herons to nest in. But so far no heron has realised what they are for. The baskets on the island in Regent's Park are used by herons because they were put in an existing heronry, but these trees have never been used.

A pair of Mute Swans were so busy mating that they narrowly avoided being hit by a pedalo on the crowded Serpentine.

The swan family at the east end of the lake still have seven cygnets, but one was riding on its mother's back and refused to poke its head out.

This is the family on the Long Water.

The two families of Greylag Geese on the Serpentine were back together.

A Mandarin drake was preening on a post at Peter Pan.

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