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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

9th July

Bushy Park

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White Lodge seen from Kingston and then from just beyond the Diana Fountain. My office is upstairs in the middle of the building and at least 3/4 of a mile from the fountain.

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Cormorants like to perch on the statue.

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This Mute Swan, though it didn’t breed on the fountain after first chasing off the pair of swans that wanted to breed here, then took his cygnets from the Heron Pond and then left them to perish there on their own.

It is a great place to observe at the moment one but soon 2 Common Terns catching fish for their chicks that are somewhere nearby.

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The waterfowl are now beginning to moult

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The Swift above has a mouthful full of water while the ones below have a mouthful of insects.

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5 comments:

linda ashken said...

I continue to enjoy your photos Tony. Thanks.
Yesterday I saw a heron with its wings outspread , cormorant fashion. Is this common. No camera to hand at time on canal at Brentford?

Tony Duckett said...

Hi Linda.

I am glad that I am giving somebody some enjoyment. It can be a bit hard to come up with photos that are interesting during this relatively quiet period.

birdman_euston said...

10 Jul:
I had a good look 'round the patch, for first time this month.
c10 fully-grown juv Egyptian Goose (the aquatic equivalent of the magpie!), 4 Great Crested Grebe incl pr (re)building 2nd nest off Heron Is area 8 & ignoring juv from 1st nest, 4 Little Grebe but still no yg seen, 3 Kestrel (♀ feeding juv Barrow Hill Res nestbox area 48 - Dave informed; ♀/juv flying into Wetland Pen a32), 7 Mandarin incl ♀ with 5 grown yg on canal a46, 4+ grown yg Red-crested Pochard on lake, 98 Black-headed Gull, 16 Stock Dove feeding on Cricket Squares a37 06:25, 2 highly-vocal juv Green Woodpecker in Cricket Pen a31, 1 juv Goldcrest with tit flock QM Gdns a18, 2 ad Coal Tit a14 & a19, 2 House Martin over lake (but no Swifts seen or heard, strangely), 13 Blackcap incl 10♂ still singing sporadically, 1♂ Common Whitethroat singing in Old Golf Course wildlife pen a39, prob Reed Warbler flying into Hanover Is reedbed a1, 2+ House Sparrrow (pr + prob fledglings hiding in hedgerow at SE cnr London Zoo a28).

birdman_euston said...

12 Jul:
Juv Kestrel still perched on nestbox ledge Barrow Hill Reservoir area 48, 1 Common Tern carrying fish from boating lake toward Brent Reservoir, 2 Common Gull (both 2nd-summer) on Cricket Squares a.37 early a.m., 1 ♂ Grey Wagtail Holme Green shoreline a.9, 11 House Martin over lake.

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