Wednesday 28 October 2020

Three Mute Swans thundering over the head of a young Great Crested Grebe didn't worry it.

One of its parents caught a perch, and ate it. The young ones are only being fed occasionally, and are expected to catch most of their own food.

Shovellers seem to be able to revolve for ever. This pair at the Vista continued non-stop for at least three minutes after I stopped filming.

A sight of an old friend -- the Polish Black-Headed Gull T4UN which has been returning faithfully for many years.

A Carrion Crow bathed on the edge of the Dell waterfall.

Three of the Magpie family on Buck Hill perched together.

The fourth was by itself among some berries, though it didn't seem interested in eating them.

A young Wood Pigeon had a hard time pulling some tough holly berries off the twig.

It was much easier for a Rose-Ringed Parakeet to deal with soft yew berries.

Starlings hunted for insects and worms among the dead leaves in the Diana fountain enclosure.

A Pied Wagtail was also hunting on the other side of the Serpentine.

A Wren hopped around in a yew hedge in the Flower Walk.

A Long-Tailed Tit stared at the camera.

Some Common Wasps are still around. This one was browsing in a fatsia clump near the bridge.


  1. There are lots of wasps lately here as well. They even get inside the house as soon as you leave windows open. I guess they want to take shelter from the cold. They also seem anxious to eat as much sugar as they can: whenever I am taking my coffee they keep buzzing around trying to land on the cup. Thank God that at this time of the year they are pretty harmless.

    I think the only purpose of the lone Magpie is to look pretty against the background. And it achieved it.

    I am awful. I kept cheering for the Wood Pigeon to topple over.

    1. Unusually, the Wood Pigeon didn't over-reach and fall out of the tree this time. It ran out of berries and flew away in an orderly manner, which I didn't bother to include in the video as shown.

  2. I've noticed Great-crested Grebes seem quite partial to Perch. I did see one struggle a bit as the fish erected its dorsal spines, but the grebe won in the end.

    Always enjoy watching the Shoveler feeding.

    1. It's much easier to photograph them with perch than with other fish, because there's a delay while they turn it round to swallow it head first.