Tuesday 15 July 2014

The two Little owlets were in the lime tree by the leaf yard where the male adult was yesterday. But they are already more or less into their adult plumage by now, and could only be certainly identified by their calls.

The Tawny owlets are also almost adult in appearance, and two of them were clearly visible in the chestnut tree next to the parish boundary marker near the leaf yard.

The Reed Warbler family were moving around in the reed bed near the Diana fountain. Here is a young one preening.

We have had splendid views this year of these normally invisible birds.

Anywhere Coots can build a nest, they will. This one is under the solar panel in the Round Pond, which apparently powers some meteorological recording device.

The five Moorhen chicks in the Italian Garden are out of their nest and wandering around in the reeds, though they quickly return to be fed by their parents.

The Moorhen on the Serpentine with a taste for plums was enjoying another on the shore.

It seems odd that this tree, which is full of ripe fruit, is not besieged by Ring-Necked Parakeets. Maybe they simply haven't noticed it. Most of them remain in Kensington Gardens, and the fruit is dark and not very visible from the air.

A female Blackbird was sunbathing in a rather reckless position on the path near the bridge, and didn't budge when people walked by.

Her mate was feeding a fledgeling in the shrubbery, but evidently she just wanted a rest.

We have already had pictures of Black-Tailed Skimmer dragonflies, but this one has caught the light just right to show the beautiful gold details on its body and wings.


  1. Beautiful study of the dragonfly - worthy of Faberge

    1. Fabergé tried, Alphonse Fouquet did better, but no human hand can reproduce the complex delicacy of this amazing creature, whose ancestry dates back 300 million years and has hardly changed because the original design was so perfect.