Friday 28 April 2017

The Great Crested Grebes who have been trying to dance at the east end of the Serpentine have finally got it right.

It didn't work at first. After the preliminary display one dived to get some weed while the other just sat there. When the first grebe surfaced, the other suddenly woke up and went down to get some weed too, and finally everything was set and they rushed together triumphantly and waved the weed at each other.

There is a new Egyptian Goose family on the Serpentine near the bridge, but they only have two goslings.

The incompetent pair on the Long Water have managed to hold on to their two. Here they are on the rock near the Italian Garden, with a new brood of three Coot chicks on the right.

There is no trace of the Canada goslings reported yesterday. Several people have looked for them. Their disappearance is not surprising considering the unusual number of Lesser Black-Backed Gulls on the Long Water. Six were on the posts at Peter Pan (the bird one from the far end is a Herring Gull) ...

... and another three were washing in the big gulls' bathing place just south of the posts.

The Mallard family were in their usual place in the shelter of the bridge. Seven ducklings are left of the original thirteen.

The Coots' nest near the bridge has grown to an imposing size. Unfortunately one of the eggs has tumbled out of the towering structure, and the Coots can't get it back up the slope.

The Grey Herons' three young could be seen in the nest on the island.

A Grey Wagtail was hunting on a raft at the east end of the Serpentine. The soggy mess left by the Mute Swans nesting last year may look terrible, but it's an excellent place for insects.

A Pied Wagtail was collecting insects over the Round Pond before flying off to its nest somewhere in the Kensington Palace grounds.

A few House Martins were chasing insects high over the pond.

This Long-Tailed Tit was doing the same on the roof of the Lido restaurant. Its little feet don't look strong, but they can exert a mighty grip on a bit of lead flashing.

The Song Thrush often seen on the grass east of the Dell is quite calm as these shy birds go, and just looks at you while you photograph it.

A Carrion Crow stared even more imperiously from Queen Victoria's crown in the Italian Garden.

The male Little Owl near the leaf yard was on top of the branch where the nest hole is.

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