Birding in Hyde Park London

When: April 2017                             Weather:  Cool 14C

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Birding in Hyde Park London

In London for a few days and took a stroll through Hyde Park, starting near Marble Arch and cutting across the southeast corner of the park, we arrived at the north east corner of the Serpentine lake.  Most of the following shots were taken at and around this area, near the holocaust garden and the cafe on the lake and then along the north shore of the lake to Exhibition Road.

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Most of the birds were seen at the east end of the serpentine lake and along the north bank of the lake

 

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the day started off gloomily at 730am

 

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with only the royal cavalry for company

 

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by the time we got to the cafe, this ever welcome red breasted robin had appeared

 

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There is a charming enclosed garden behind the cafe and next to the Holocaust memorial….we saw most of the birds here…

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Hello! The wonderfully comical face of the Blue tit

 

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Blue tit feeding

 

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Beautiful blue plumage of blue tit

 

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magpie robin

 

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and then this little brown thing appeared and started singing….a wren

 

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the wren sang merrily

 

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the pretty garden with a stream

 

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After birding for an hour or so at the garden, we had breakfast at the cafetaria there which afforded a splendid view of the Serpentine….this beautiful starling came and joined us

 

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The waterbirds were plentiful at this end of the lake….quite a few common moorhens were around

 

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a rather smart grey heron

 

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Noisy Canadian Geese

 

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Egyptian Goose

 

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Close up of Egyptian Goose

 

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mother egyptian goose with her brood

 

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Greylag geese

 

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Greylag goose

 

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Coot

 

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Tufted duck

 

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The Herring Gull with the typical red spot on the beak

 

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He took exception to this baby bird…

 

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and sadly started attacking the baby, ultimately killing it….perhaps the baby of these coots?

 

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Walking along the north shore of the Serpentine, a great crested grebe appeared….

 

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and then another one, presumably the female showed up….they faced one another

 

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and started flaring their facial feathers and raising their crests in courtship

 

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Hello, said one to the other

 

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Hello yourself!

 

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and they then dived together and preened together in mutual admiration

 

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As if caught up in this courtship ritual, even the swans started preening

 

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amongst the pretty shrubbery, this long tailed tit shyly showed itself

 

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Long tailed tit

 

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near the bridge crossing the middle of the Serpentine the cherry blossoms were in full bloom!

 

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A blue tit played merrily with the cherry blossoms

 

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and an interesting bird peered out of the bushes…

 

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A European Jay

 

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Beautiful coloration with a blue checkered wing

 

Two hours of birding in Hyde Park gave a surprisingly good yield of new and interesting species, several lifers.  We then by heading down exhibition road to the Natural History Museum where there was a wildlife photographer of the year exhibition and a wonderful bird section…a great way to end the morning.

 

 

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