Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Both the Little Owls were out on the chestnut tree near the leaf yard. This is the male.

And here is the female.

Two Grey Herons stood on a tree near the bridge, just far enough apart to keep a fight from breaking out.

Two Carrion Crows disputed the ownership of a paper bag one of them had pulled out of a bin beside the Serpentine.

The pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gull had found another victim on the shore near the Dell restaurant.

Later, a crow came down to see if any scraps were left, but there wasn't anything worthwhile and it moved on.

A Grey Wagtail found a small larva on the shore at the Lido restaurant.

A Starling on the railings was looking very fine in the sunshine.

The Great Crested Grebes at the east end of the Serpentine were displaying to each other. They still haven't managed to find a nest site.

The Coot on the nest by the bridge was feeling the heat, and panting to cool down.

Its mate has ornamented the nest with a packet of Cheesy Wotsits.

The Coots on the Long Water near the Italian Garden, which already have three almost fully grown young, have just produced more chicks.

At the boathouses, an adult and a chick were amicably eating each other's parasites.

An Emperor Dragonfly settled on a reed stem under the parapet of the Italian Garden.

A Blue-Tailed Damselfly perched on the lichen-covered parapet.

You can see that the modification that produced damselflies with foldable wings from the original non-folding dragonfly layout was to tilt the eight hinges of their wings backwards.

Several Grayson Perry monsters invaded the Dell restaurant, thirsting for wine.


  1. That Coot pair is very productive. I hope the smaller chicks won't be harmed by their older siblings?

    Perhaps the panting Coot is simply appalled at the garish blue of its interior decoration.

    1. Coots are not as well organised as Moorhens, where older chicks actually feed younger ones. But the family seen here seems to be getting on OK.