Sunday, 1 July 2018

The Great Crested Grebes in the nest in the reed bed opposite Peter Pan have at least one chick.

The three chicks at the other end of the Long Water were all in good order.

So are the two teenagers on the Serpentine.

But the nest in the fallen poplar at the Vista still has to hatch.

An Egyptian gosling had got separated from its parents and was wandering about by itself at Bluebird Boats. It's already almost as large as a Mallard and no longer in immediate danger, so it should be all right until its finds its mother.

There are still six Tufted ducklings on the Serpentine in spite of the hungry gulls. I've already published two videos pretty like this, but the ducklings dive so much that it's impossible to get all of them into a still picture.

A Mallard and a Mandarin swam over the large carp in the shallow water at Peter Pan as if they weren't there. An aggressive Coot chased the Mandarin away.

A Grey Heron circled high over Hyde Park, gaining altitude in a thermal before gliding away. They often fly between Hyde Park and Regent's Park, and probably Battersea Park too where there is a successful heronry.

A Starling, nesting rather late in the year, brought insects to its brood in the eaves of the shelter on Buck Hill. It paused on the ornamental wooden knob on top of the shelter.

The eaves were blocked up with planks to stop them from nesting here, but Starlings will always find a way in.

The male Little Owl at the leaf yard was in the upper chestnut tree.

For once I know what this insect is, because I've seen them in the park before. It's a Roesel's Bush Cricket, recognisable by the U-shaped mark on its side.

A Black-Tailed Skimmer dragonfly basked on a tree at Peter Pan.

I went to the Leg o' Mutton Reservoir again, taking my serious camera to get some better pictures of the Common Tern and her chicks.

The chicks are spotted, a useful camouflage on the shingle that terns choose for their nest.

It seems that they only way to get them under your wings is to stand on them.

They make quite a lot of noise.

This is not the only tern nest here, but the others are too far away for good pictures. This one has a breezeblock set on its side to provide a shelter for the chicks.

It's a pity that the one in the foreground doesn't have a shelter, but the tern has chosen it and is doing pretty well so far. Any gull that got too near would be ferociously attacked.


  1. Love the pictures of the Terns! Tern chicks are adorable.

    Wouldn't the Mallard and the Mandarin think that carps that size can be dangerous to them? They certainly are to ducklings. I omit the Coot on purpose. I have my doubts that they'd feel threatened even by a good-sized catfish.

  2. I don't think carp would bother trying to grab anything they couldn't swallow easily. However, despite their indolent appearance, they can move like lightning if they want to.

    1. There are a few vids purporting to show carp attacking ducklings, seems pretty clear here. Jim

  3. Are all terns aggressive to Intruders? I knew that arctic terns are but not others.