Friday, 30 September 2022

A day for staying indoors

It was a windy day, and at the very exposed Round Pond the teenage Little Owl didn't feel like coming out of his comfortable hole.

One of the youngest Grey Herons stood on the edge of the Serpentine in a streamlined position to avoid being blown about ...

... while the parents displayed to each other on the island.

Starlings at the Lido restaurant made short work of the remains of a plate of scrambled eggs.

One of the Robins in the Flower Walk waited expectantly in a bush. This one is still nervous and will only come briefly to my had to grab a pine nut and flee. Then it comes back for another in the same way. The calmer Robin farther along the path has realised that this is a waste of effort and stands on my hand until it has picked up as many pine nuts as it can carry.

The family of Magpies on the east side of the Long Water has grown and there are now eight of them. They stay together in the family group.

An oak tree on the Long Water was full of Wood Pigeons.

The closest look I could get from the other side showed that they were eating acorns. They swallow them whole and rely on the stones in their gizzard to grind them up.

The pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gull was enjoying lunch.

A Cormorant evicted a Herring Gull from a post at Peter Pan before jumping up. There were several untenanted posts, but the joy of bullying couldn't be resisted.

Another Cormorant splashed down inelegantly.

Moorhens like to rest in patches of weeds. This one was making itself comfortable on the edge at Peter Pan.

They have taken to showering in the marble fountain on the edge of the Italian Garden. It seems that the fountain has recently been fitted with a new spray head that breaks up the flow into smaller streams, so it's now more like a shower and less like being drenched with a fire hose.

The Moorhens at the Serpentine outflow are still going down into the weir, where they nested unsuccessfully earlier this year. I don't know what the attraction is other than that it's a safe place to lurk.

The West of England Goose was on the Serpentine was with its new mate. I only realised after I had taken the picture that the mate appears to have blue eyes too. I will try and get a closer shot to make sure.


  1. It's funny how they are always looking directly at the camera, even from inside their hole. I really don't know - are Little Owls as curious as corvids are? Other owl species look more placid than inquisitive, but Little Owls appear to be always wondering at something,


    1. The owl usually looks at me for a minute or so after I appear and then loses interest and looks away. He must know me by now, I've been photographing him since he was a little fluffy chick.