Heronry Report 2
Monday, January 28, 2008 9:59:31 PM
Closer inspection revealed he was carrying twigs for his nest, which he quickly got to work with at the nest siteHe then flew off and landed in the nearby willow tree, where I realised where he was getting the nesting material from
He then flew off just before I had to leave where I got this nice shot
But it wasn't just the herons being cooperative. The friendly pair of mistle thrushes were in there usual patch. I watched them feeding, pecking at the surface and pulling worms out of the ground. I manged to get 2 sequences of photos of this:
ANd then one of the pair flew into a tree
Ive often mention how arguementive the coots are in Regents PArk. Coots are territorial anyway, so when you get the dense numbers (20/30+) in small areas, which is frequent in london parks, fights are bound to break out. Ive never manged to capture this violent episodes before but why I was watching the heron building its nest 2 went for each other, quickly followed by their (I guess) respective partners who started fighting themselves. My camera was ready (although the sun was not at a good angle) and i got a few shots, all which only got one fight in entirely. ANyway here are the three best shots:
The other notable character was this dunnock
Earlier on I had wandered through St. James Park. Where I came across the resident pelicans (and some greyalg geese in the back ground)
And I got a nice reflection shot of one of the slightly pink pelicans too
Also there was one bird I can never resist photographing. A great crested grebe. I could see it swimming underwater when it dived and man do they move fast!
I do have some video of the heron collecting twigs and the grebe diving but you tube is playing silly buggers and won't let me upload videos so Ill sort something out with them another time. The promised Wildwood trust post is on its way soon...