Sunday 30 July 2023

Busy young Blackbird

One of the three young Blackbirds in the Rose Garden was digging busily in a flowerbed and eventually found a small worm.

At the Round Pond it was the turn of the female Little Owl to perch in the horse chestnut tree.

I could hear one of the owlets higher up in the tree but it was impossible to see in the dense leaves.

At the Serpentine Gallery the male was visible in the lime tree. His pale face and extra large shaggy eyebrows make him quite distinctive.

A couple of Wood Pigeons perched side by side in a tree by the Long Water. There are young ones all over the grass and numbers in the park are steadily rising, though they'll never overtake the teeming Feral Pigeons.

Cormorants are beginning to return to the lake as this year's young fish grow large enough to be worth catching. There were three on the posts at the island together with two Herring Gulls and a Grey Heron, all interested in fishing.

There was also a Cormorant on the nesting island on the Long Water, along with the usual two Egyptian Geese and Grey Heron.

A young heron was fishing in deep water. I have seen one step into a hole in the lake floor, lose its footing and have to swim, which they do very clumsily but can make slow forward progress.

The pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gull was on his favourite perch on the Dell restaurant roof. This close-up view shows the ring of black dots on the iris of his eye which makes him instantly recognisable.

The Great Crested Grebes had brought their chicks to the Vista. The Coots had given up occupying their nest, so they could go back when they wanted to.

The female Mute Swan led her five cygnets under the bridge and on to the Long Water. Her mate was already there.

She parked the cygnets on the gravel strip at the Vista. The resident Long Water pair came up with their two cygnets to the Vista from the other side, and there was a confrontation -- but from a safe distance. I think the Long Water male, who spent his early life on the Serpentine, knows his adversary well and realises that if there is a fight it will be to the death.

The single cygnet from the island is missing. I have a nasty feeling that the big bully has killed it, as he did the other three. How wise 4DVP was to take her cygnet to the Round Pond. They were on the gravel bank.

It started to rain, and the Black Swan on the Serpentine took the opportunity of damp feathers to do a bit of preening.

The female Mandarin was at the Dell restaurant again. Sundays are a good time for being fed.

More Mallard ducklings have survived this year than usual, mainly because the number of big gulls has been lower. This one at the Lido with its mother now looks just like an adult female except that its primary feathers aren't fully grown.

There was a Mallard in the race at the bottom on the Dell waterfall, paddling hard to stay in place while she picked off algae. The waterfall is much weaker than usual because the pump that works the top of the fall is broken, as it has been for months now.

A pair of Egyptian Geese displayed on the fallen tree by Peter Pan.

This is the buddleia flower where I photographed a Buff-Tailed Bumblebee yesterday. There was still one on it, with no others in sight. It might be the same bee which has found the big flower head to its taste.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, a Heron swimming! I just can’t imagine it.