Wednesday, 13 September 2017

It was another day of strong wind. A Mute Swan raised his wings in threat when facing downwind, and his feathers were blown around.


Moorhens on the weir at the Serpentine outflow were unconcerned by the choppy waves breaking over their feet.


The female Little Owl at the leaf yard chose a thick branch to avoid being tossed about, It was hard to get a picture through the thrashing leaves.


The female owl in the oak tree near the Albert Memorial was even harder to photograph, with whipping branches obscuring the hole most of the time.


We very seldom see the male owl here. The male owl at the leaf yard is usually in the tall horse chestnut near the Queen's Temple, from which he can be heard calling, but he's hidden in the leaves.

One of the Little Grebes could be seen on the Long Water at the Italian Garden end, but wouldn't come any nearer.


At the other end of the Long Water, a Great Crested Grebe fed a feather to one of the three chicks.


This eye-level picture of one of the same brood was taken by Tom yesterday, when they came on to the Serpentine.


One of the grebes at the island caught a perch, and ate the fish itself. The young ones from the island are now expected to catch their own.


When the Diana memorial fountain is not thronged with people, it is a popular place for geese and gulls. Egyptian Geese enjoy wading over the little waterfall.


One of the Dunnocks in the Rose Garden came out under the feeder.


A Robin perched on a branch above.


A flock of Long-Tailed Tits gathered in a bush on one side of the Vista, waiting to fly across.


A Starling at the Lido restaurant was doing nothing but look shiny. It did this very well.

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