Wednesday 23 December 2015

Although the berries are all gone from the rowans on Buck Hill, various kinds of thrush are still using these trees as a rendezvous. Here is a Redwing.

The little patch of gravel under the Henry Moore sculpture provides some useful grit for the Jackdaws that are now established here.

There was a Gadwall drake at the Serpentine island, the first one seen here for some time. It is rather tatty, missing a lot of feathers from its neck.

Gadwalls appear and disappear in the London parks apparently at random. They don't migrate, they just seem to wander around.

At Peter Pan, the sunlight lit up a Pochard's brilliant red eye.

The Black Swan was with his girlfriend at the east end of the Serpentine. They were enjoying a rare moment of peace.

An Egyptian Goose was having a furious wash.

As usual, several Cormorants were fishing in their usual place out in the middle of the lake near the Lido. I think this must be the place where the water is deepest. This Cormorant is leaping into the air as it dives, a technique that several species of diving bird use to make a deep dive.

Several Herring Gulls were watching, but the Cormorants swallow their fish too quickly to give them much chance of stealing one.

This Herring Gull had taken a stone out of the pile of rubble at the east end of the lake, and was carefully picking the moss off it. It didn't eat the moss, but carefully laid each little tuft on the shore.

A favourite Herring Gull game is to walk along the line of unstable buoys at the edge of the Lido swimming area trying not to tip one over and fall off.

This Black-Headed Gull is a Norwegian visitor with a green plastic ring coded JM46.


  1. Ralph, I see several species of gull jumping then diving into shallow watered ponds.
    Is this their method of hunting or something else?

    1. They might be looking for insect larvae hanging just below the surface.