Saturday, 10 November 2018

This is the same Lesser Black-Backed Gull as I photographed yesterday, eating another Feral Pigeon in exactly the same place as yesterday. Note the distinctive beige tinge to its yellow legs.

Is it simply finishing off another pigeon killed by the usual suspect, or do we have another pigeon killer?

Meanwhile, the original pigeon killer was selecting his lunch.

There were half a dozen Common Gulls on the Long Water. They arrive for the winter later than Black-Headed Gulls, and numbers are still building up. They are not all that common here, and the population seldom exceeds 60, while there might be ten times that number of Black-Headed Gulls.

Only Herring Gulls and Common Gulls perform the pattering dance to bring up worms. Lesser Black-Backed Gulls have never learnt it and prefer to tap the ground with their beaks, which is less effective.

A fine large Herring Gull perched on the water level indicator at the east end of the Serpentine.

A Grey Heron and a Cormorant stood quite close together on the island. A heron would not have allowed another heron go get so near, but the two fish-eating birds tolerate each other, as their different fishing methods don't conflict.

The Black Swan was at the Vista again. She and the dominant pair of Mute Swans seem to have a temporary truce as long as she stays a few yards away.

Both the Peregrines were on the barracks. This is always much the same picture, but it's worth while photographing these distinguished birds when they choose to visit.

Another repeat, a Jay against pretty autumn colours, but why not?

Starlings ate dogwood berries in a patch of shrubs between the Lido restaurant and the bathing area. This bit of ground is on the premises of the Serpentine Swimming Club, so it has escaped the hideous 'landscaping' inflicted on the Lido restaurant, where all the shrubs have been destroyed.

There were a few Mistle Thrushes in the rowan trees on Buck Hill.

A white Feral Pigeon posed grandly on the holly tree near the bridge.

Julia sent this pleasing picture of a Wood Pigeon eating purple berries in a shrub near the brifge in St James's Park. She doesn't know what the plant is, and neither do I.

Update: As usual, Mario rides to our rescue. He says, 'The plant with the purple berries is Callicarpa bodinieri, Bodinier's Beautyberry in English, from East Asia.'


  1. The plant with the purple berries is Callicarpa bodinieri, Bodinier's beautyberry in English, from East Asia.