Saturday, January 27, 2007
Egyptian Goose, The Round Pond, Kensington Gardens
Went to Kensington Gardens this morning in the hope of photographing some gulls. When I arrived the light was superb on a pair of Egyptian Geese (an adult and an immature)… but just a few shots in and they suddenly flew off just as they were about to be savaged by a large dog on the rampage. This seems to be a regular thing here – clueless, idiot dog owners! No sign of the recent Med Gull although there were several hundred Black-headed Gulls constantly flying around from one bread source to the next. I later headed across to the Longwater, stopping to watch a gang of four Ring-necked Parakeets mob a Grey Squirrel in a tree top. A group of around 20 wild Shovelers were filter-feeding in a rotating communal circle, must to the amusement of the tourists. A large, waterside tree, now lying in the lake after the New Year storms is attracting the attention of three pairs of Mandarin Ducks.