Tuesday 28 February 2017

Both Grey Herons were in the top nest on the island. These three nests have progressed slowly and uncertainly, and you can never be sure that they are actually active until one day you see a gawky young bird standing up in one.

Great Crested Grebes are also very indecisive about nesting. But a third pair seem to be interested, pulling out twigs from one of the reed rafts at the east end of the Serpentine. The larger rafts have a hole in the middle which looks as if it would make a fine nest site and I have seen grebes making a nest in one, but none has succeeded so far.

The Kingfisher was in a bush on the west side of the Long Water.

A Cormorant caught a perch in the water underneath. Evidently different sizes of fish are still available here.

Several Herring Gulls were washing themselves at the top of the Diana fountain.

A Carrion Crow which had been given a bit of very stale Arab flatbread made it edible by dunking it in the Serpentine.

A couple of Long-Tailed Tits were leaping about in a tree on the shore.

A Coal Tit was looking for insects in crevices in the bark.

A Great Tit looked out from among new leaves beside the Long Water.

There were plenty of Redwings in and under the trees at the bottom of the Parade Ground.

The female Little Owl near the Albert Memorial was enjoying the morning sunshine.

But there was a chilly wind, and the owl near the Henry Moore sculpture was sheltering low down in her hole.


  1. Lovely shot of the Kingfisher again. So shiny blue! It's so difficult to catch them still, isn't it?

    1. It stays still quite well. The real problem is that it's too far away.

  2. Another slew of lovely photos lately: thank-you.
    (I always enjoy the photos, but think it wants saying occasionally, even if repetition doesn't please).
    To me the kingfisher, despite the familiar lichen and brambles, looks as though placed in an alien landscape. Ways of looking.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. That tangle of brambles is a very difficult place to photograph the Kingfisher in, and I was quite lucky with that shot. Often all you can see is a bit of blue or orange among the leaves.