Saturday 19 October 2019

One of the Little Owls near the Albert Memorial was back in the original oak tree where they had their nest hole until this year. It was hard to see among the leaves but Brian Hawkins, a visitor from Minnesota who had come to the park with the express purpose of seeing a Little Owl, captured it at the top of the tree. This is a hastily transferred picture re-photographed with his smartphone from the screen of his camera.

A Jay looked down from a nearby tree.

A flock of Long-Tailed Tits settled in a hawthorn tree and inspected the few withered berries. They are not interested in the berries themselves, but in the insects they might contain.

A Chaffinch waited under a feeder to pick up seeds spilt by visiting tits.

Starlings chattered loudly in a black lime tree beside the Serpentine.

Below them, a Carrion Crow waded into the lake to drag out the remains of a Feral Pigeon that had been the notorious Lesser Black-Backed Gull's breakfast.

A Moorhen foraged among autumn leaves.

A young Great Crested Grebe preened on the edge of the Serpentine, and dismissed a Coot that came too close.

Ahmet Amerikali got fine shots of one flapping ...

... and of a chick being fed.

The female Call Duck was at Peter Pan. She called once, presumably to her mate who was out of sight. It's true, they do make a tremendous racket.

There were also two Red-Crested Pochards.

The great mob of Egyptian Geese that I saw on Tuesday is back, and some of them were lined up along the edge of the Serpentine.

A Bollywood dance team practised a routine. Several Indian films have had full scale dance scenes filmed in the park.


  1. fantastic , seeing the dancers rehearse.

  2. I hope to see a full scene being filmed in the park. I've seen two but that was before I started doing video.

  3. All human life is there, it seems, as well as birds.