Tuesday 31 March 2015

In the floating reed beds at the east end of the Serpentine, a Carrion Crow was amusing itself by annoying an Egyptian Goose. It kept flying low over the Egyptian's head.

Finally the Egyptian could take no more and flew away, with the crow in close pursuit.

On a very windy day, the Scaup was sheltering in the lee of the reeds.

The Goldeneye was out in the wind, bucketing up and down on the waves. She was diving industriously, only appearing above the surface for a couple of seconds.

This is the pair of Mute Swans that are nesting in the reed bed near the Diana fountain.

It is an unsafe place, open to any fox that happens to notice them. A nest here succeeded in 2012 and failed in 2013 and 2014.

There was a good deal of activity at Peter Pan, with one female Mandarin and three males vying for her attention. She was behaving decorously, staying close by her mate and chasing off the other two when they got too near. She also chased off a Mallard drake.

Two female Ring-Necked Parakeets were sociably preening each other in the hazel thicket next to the leaf yard.

There was a brief glimpse of the female Little Owl in the chestnut tree next to her nest tree.


  1. hi ralph. when you photographed the goldeneye was it also behind the floating reed beds outside SB&K? i was there today & thought i saw, it spent most of time diving, but missed the scaup.
    mark W2

    1. When I saw it, it was in the curve of the fixed reedbed at the other corner, visible from the restaurant terrace.

  2. thanks ralph. not far from where i (possibly) viewed. i'm gonna call that a tick!!??