Wednesday, 26 July 2017

A young Robin came out from a flower bed in the Rose Garden.

The usual Dunnock that picks up spilt food under the feeder was hiding in a bush.

The Reed Warbler family from the Diana fountain reed bed were in a maple tree, leaping around and very hard to photograph. This is the best picture I could manage of one of the young ones, sadly out of focus because the autofocus picked up the leaf in front of the bird rather than the leaf itself.

A young Starling at the Dell restaurant looked around carefully for scraps on the tables or the floor.

House Martins were flying over the Serpentine ...

... and there were some Sand Martins too. These don't nest in the park, but they are frequent visitors and probably would nest if someone made them a sandbank in a secluded spot on the edge of the Long Water.

The Grey Wagtail was on the jetty at the Lido.

The two young Carrion Crows on Buck Hill have now learnt how to shell peanuts and can do it in ten seconds, still slower than an adult.

No matter how often the Black Swan is chased away by a dominant Mute Swan, he always comes back to the same place. Probably the dominant swan will tire of the constant struggle and leave him alone.

A cygnet's wings just starting to develop -- something that happens very late with swans, and it will be months before it can start trying to fly. The learning process involves many ignominious flops into the lake.

There are two Greylags with white foreheads and blue eyes, looking almost the same and probably siblings. They are a bit paler than usual.

The Great Crested Grebe family from then island were at the Lido. The third chick wouldn't get into the picture.

Two young Coots were preening beside the Serpentine.

A young Moorhen in the Italian Garden was picking small white larvae out of the mat of algae on the pond.

The female Little Owl near the leaf yard disliked the drizzle and didn't come out till mid-afternoon. She had a good stretch.


  1. The Little Owl is having a Marilyn moment. No wonder, as she is every bit of the star!

    How much more pretty and innocent-looking can a young Robin look?

    1. There's an awful lot of feathers surrounding a very small owl.

      As it happens, that's the first picture of a juvenile Robin I've been able to get this year. Have glimpsed others, but never got a chance of a picture.

  2. Hi Ralph
    Would it be possible to join you tomorrow, Thursday? I understand you meet around 10.30 if you could clarify where the meeting point is. Thanks so much! Barbara

    1. Fine. Meet you on Thursday morning 10.30 am at the south end of the Serpentine bridge. That should be easy to find.

    2. Great! Look forward to meeting you, am so enjoying your blogs!