Thursday 24 July 2014

The Common Tern family were on the Long Water, with both adults hunting fish for their young. Here one hovers gracefully to pass over the catch.

One of the teenage Moorhens on the Italian Garden pond was feeding a chick from the new brood.

A young Tawny Owl was in the usual chestnut tree a short distance west of the leaf yard.

It was easy to know that it was there, because a couple of feet below it there were some Jays yelling at it.

The owl took no notice of this at all. In its young life it already has plenty of experience of being hated by other birds.

The male Little Owl also ignored me pointing a camera at him as he dozed on his usual branch. The daily picture is now just part of his routine.

This young Egyptian Goose beside the Serpentine is growing its flight feathers.

This time is the danger stage for developing 'angel wing'. The bird is still quite small and the new feathers are heavy, and if the bird's outermost wing joint is not up to the strain it will sag and grow out of shape. There are various explanations for the trouble, and I am not sure which is correct, but usually the blame is put on wrong diet, in particular white bread given to the birds by misguided visitors. It may have too much protein, or too few essential minerals, or both. Anyway, this bird's wings, although it is holding them in a drooped position while preening, are hanging evenly, so it is likely to come through all right.

Young Canada Geese also sometimes get 'angel wing', but never here in the park. They are more likely to eat the correct food, grass, escorted by their protective parents.

One of these male Common Blue damselflies has caught a ladybird.

The top of the Long Water, next to the Italian Garden, is alive with damselflies and dragonflies.

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