Saturday 30 January 2016

This is not a picture you would expect in late January: a Buff-Tailed Bumblebee among blossom.

It was taken in the shrubbery below the Triangle car park. In the same place there were a small flock of Long-Tailed Tits ...

... with a Goldcrest among them ...

... and a fat Wood Pigeon staring mildly at the camera.

A big male Mute Swan has taken possession of the area behind the reed rafts at the east end of the Serpentine. The Black Swan also likes this sheltered place, but now every time he goes in he gets chased out again.

He went off to be consoled by girlfriend number two, and displayed and called to her.

The Great Crested Grebes who have been building a nest in the willow tree near the bridge were also displaying in the middle of the Long Water.

Meanwhile, some Mallards were eating their partly completed nest.

One of the pair of Kingfishers was in the same place every time I went past. This is the reed bed a few yards north of the fallen horse chestnut tree in the Long Water. It perches either on a post or in the reeds immediately behind. This is too far away for a good picture.

A Jackdaw was looking fine in the afternoon sun.

There were nine of them around the Henry Moore sculpture.

As the light was fading and I was going home past the Albert Memorial, I startled a Mistle Thrush on the grass and it flew into a plane tree.


  1. A wealth of beautiful photos again, Ralph. Many thanks

  2. Gorgeous, gorgeous jackdaw! What lovely colours! (I have nothing intelligent to add, except for "look at the pretty!")