Sunday 10 November 2019

On a sunny afternoon, a Grey Heron drank in the Serpentine ...

... and another posed grandly on a sawn-off treetop.

A crowd of Egyptian Geese preened and wandered around near the Dell restaurant. This is only a few of the hundred-odd in the area.

The Black Swan was still on the Round Pond. It was directly into the sun, so why not make the most of the sparkling ripples?

The brown Mallard is a peculiar bird. I'm not even sure of its sex. It has the yellowish bill and white bib of a drake, but barely a trace of green feathers on its head (unlike the other dark Mallards), and it has a female-type pattern on the rest of its feathers and lacks the curly tail feather of a drake.

Again there were three kinds of gull in a row on the handrail of the Lido jetty: Herring, Black-Headed and Common. It will be hard to get four, as there aren't many Lesser Black-Backed Gulls in the park.

A Carrion Crow bathed in the Serpentine.

A Starling shone splendidly on the railings of the Dell restaurant.

Ahmet Amerikali got two good portrait shots beside the Long Water near the bridge, a Chaffinch ...

... and a Robin.

Squirrels tended their fur in an oak tree, probably finding some fleas to eat as they did so.

Another had been unlucky. A crow tidied up the remains.

A Buff-Tailed Bumblebee worked over the flowers of a Mexican Orange bush. They are still busy in November when there's a sunny spell. There are always flowers somewhere here, right through the year.


  1. Lovely to see a Bumblebee still happy at work in November, even in such low temperatures. I hope its fuzz will keep it warm longer.

    I wonder if there are intersex indivisuals among ducks, as there apparently are aming humans?

    The picture of the Black Swan among the ripples of light is amazing.

    1. I believe there are ducks of intemerdiate sex in some way. If I remember rightly, they are females with too much male hormone which has affected their plumage, but not sure about that.