Thursday, 26 November 2020

Three Cormorants waved their wings to dry them. In a hot climate perhaps you could train them as punkah wallahs to keep you cool.

The Cormorants haven't yet completely fished out the north end of the Long Water. Ahmet Amerikali got a dramatic picture of one with a small perch which seemed to be making a bid for freedom, but it was swallowed just the same.

On the fountain above, a Black-headed Gull called from the scaffolding.

A pair of Herring Gulls waved leaves at each other. They're not the only birds to use leaves in a courtship ritual -- for example, grebes and some ducks -- but in their case it seems odd because their nests are just heaps of pebbles and twigs.

The Grey Heron on the island is occupying its nest for the fourth day running, but so far there is no sign of its mate.

Both Peregrines were on the tower for most of the day.

It was a slow day at the Dell restaurant, so the Starlings that hang around waiting for leftovers turned to looking for insects and worms in the planters ...

... but sometimes lined up in an expectant group when they saw someone eating.

The destructive Rose-Ringed Parakeets have eaten all the fruit off the arbutus near the bridge and are now demolishing the flowers, so there won't be any fruit next year.

A Robin looked out from a post beside the Long Water.

The Coal Tit at the bridge came out several times to be fed. You can't both feed and photograph this very camera-shy little bird, but Ahmet got a picture of it ...

... and also of a Wren in the same place.

The Shire horses were out again, bringing a trailer to pick up the grass they had previously mown. In happier times young executives from Bloomberg would actually pay for the privilege of raking up the cut grass, but the government's misery merchants have put paid to that and now the park staff have to do it themselves.

The park is surrounded by main roads and is a noisy place, so you have to dance to what music you can get.


  1. The man in the red had has excellent moves. He makes even siren sounds sound rhythmical!

    Maybe the gulls like the orange colour? It contrasts nicely with their elegant grey and white.

    Now whenever I see a Wren picture now I am reminded of the little painted Wren in "Monstrous Regiment". Who could believe in a god that would ask to burn bird pictures?

    1. I've seen Herring Gulls waving green leaves at each other, so I think this is about leaves rather than colour. Also, they don't seem to use anything but leaves, in contrast to young gulls playing with anything they find.

      Pictures of living things are forbidden in two major religions and iconoclasm has infested Christianity more than once. Making people miserable seems to strengthen belief, a sad aspect of the human mind.

  2. Charlie Parker said he was 'dancing inside my head'. So, about the music inside your head here, I'd guess.

    1. I'll take your word for it, as I can no more dance than I can fly.