Sunday 17 September 2023

A pair of Little Owls

The Little Owl pair at the Serpentine Gallery were together, but you had to stand in different places to get a clear view of either. This is the female ...

... and this is the male.

A Robin in a yew in the Flower Walk paused his song ...

... to catch a beetle.

A Blue Tit looked down from another twig.

A Wren came out beside the Long Water.

A pair of Magpies perched side by side in the top of a holly tree.

The pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gull's mate got her share of his latest kill while he preened on the roof.

A young Grey Heron was fishing on the wire baskets under the bridge.

The young Moorhens in the Italian Garden skittered around the Italian Garden unobstructed as rain kept the humans in shelter.

They are still in drab teenage brown but are beginning to get their red and yellow bills.

The single Great Crested Grebe chick at the island preened beside its mother. Both of them did that peculiar grebe shrug to settle their feathers.

The lone female Mute Swan stood on the kerb in the Italian Garden. She is safe from the killer swan ...

... until maybe he decides to extend his territory further. He was at the Vista with his family.

A small group of Gadwalls has arrived on the lake, something they seem to do completely at random, coming in from the other central London parks. There was a pair near the Lido ...

... a drake with two female Mallards in the Italian Garden ...

... and another drake passing under a line of Cormorants at the island.

They have oddly narrow heads. Their field of vision must include being able to see straight upwards, a useful feature for spotting predators.


  1. Hi Ralph, that pic of the young heron is one of the best I have ever seen...btw, I see what you meant about the quality of opticron binos !...regards, Stephen.

    1. Thanks. I'm doing all right with my spare Opticron binos but I really hope my Zeiss pair come back from the menders soon. The difference is enormous.