Thursday 29 January 2015

The Scaup is back on the Round Pond. Probably it has been spending the past few days on the Serpentine, though it was only seen there once. It is very easy to miss, as it looks like a Tufted Duck from a distance, tends to stay far from the shore, and spends a lot of its time submerged.

Two Shoveller drakes were fighting at Peter Pan. They usually go around in pairs, and an unattached male had got too close to a female and was being chased off by her mate.

The pair of pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gulls were on the Dell restaurant, and the male launched himself off the roof in an unsuccessful attempt to catch a passing pigeon. He is the one of the pair who actually does the hunting. You can tell him by his larger size and the very deep yellow colour of his legs.

A Common Gull on the Serpentine was playing with a stick, as many species of gulls do. But this is the first time I've managed to get a picture of a Common Gull at play.

There were six Redwings foraging under plane trees near the Speke obelisk. As I was creeping up for a closer picture a dog disturbed them and they flew into the trees.

The Dunnocks at Kensington Palace are becoming quite easy to photograph. All you need to do is wait beside the feeder. This is near the palace wall at the northwest corner of the Sunken Garden.

This Robin in the leaf yard is being particularly aggressive, even by the standards of Robins. If any other small bird gets within twenty feet of the bush that is its territory, the angry bird launches itself at it.

The male Tawny Owl was out on his tree all day again.

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