Wednesday 31 January 2018

A Cormorant on the Long Water disentangled a small fish from a packet that had once held chocolate wafers.

This fine picture is by Virginia, who also provided the next four.

A Moorhen stretched its wings on the edge of the Serpentine.

The Little Owl near the Albert Memorial looked down from her hole.

I'm hoping to be on my feet for a short trip to Kensington Gardens on Saturday, and with luck may be looking up to her again.

A Robin sang at full blast in the leaf yard.

And a Blue Tit perched prettily on a twig.

Achmet Amerikali took this picture of a Long-Tailed Tit on a twig, with leaf buds already swelling.

Here's a video by Tom of Long-Tailed Tits feeding on a tree at Warley Place.

I'm not sure what the white patch on the tree is, but it looks like the droppings of a larger bird that have attracted insects to that part of the trunk.

David Element went to Rainham Marshes, and got these striking pictures of a flock of Lapwings mingling with Starlings ...

... and a Reed Bunting taking off from a Common Reed head.

This Great Reed Warbler clinging to a Reedmace stem is not a local bird, and is rare in Britain. It was photographed by Tinúviel at the Talaván reservoir in Extremadura, a protected area rich in birds though she says that it is mismanaged and has deteriorated.

More of her pictures from Spain: a Green Sandpiper at Los Barruecos ...

... and Goldfinches feeding on fallen seeds.


  1. Man would I love having Reed Warblers and Swifts etc in the winter as well as the summer!

    1. Looking at distribution maps, I see that Great Reed Warblers are possible in Extremadura in winter, but all the Swifts would be in Africa.

  2. Yep, Swifts are all back home right now, although Pallid Swifts winter quite frequently here in the village of Alange at the very least.

    That picture was taken in the fall; the bird does not winter in Talaván. Talaván used to be a paradise for reed birds, but it got destroyed by government. They changed the habitat and the vegetation and greenlighted the building of a photovoltaic plant very near the protected zone:

    Sadly, this is business as usual in Extremadura.