You can always find the Canada, Greylang and Egyptian goose hanging out in London along the Round Pond, Longwater and the Serpentine. You can also find herons, gulls, shags, swans, various ducks such as tufted and pochard as well as a couple of different species of grebes. Throw in Regent’s Park and the London Wetlands and you’ve got a full day of birding that can yield dozens of species. The last time I was there I added 19 lifers in one day just birding Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park!
Is there a bird with a more beautiful eye? Last weekend Lita and I spent a full day of birding at Green Cay, Wakodahatchee and Loxahatchee. AT the end of the day we were back at Wakodahatchee to practice our panning shots on the cormorants. I feel so out of practice with panning! No new birds to add to the life list but the Neotropic Cormorant that was at Wako last year is back, occupying the same nesting spot. I saw some Neotropics in June while in Costa Rica but the only shot I was able to get was from quite a distance and while in a moving boat. Next time. There is always a next time, right? 😉 Click on the images to see larger views.
I love when the green heron shows off his beautiful blue mohawk. Here are a few shots of a handsome fellow I got at Wakodahatchee Wetlands this weekend:
I got heat-stroke this day of birding. It was 90 degrees in November! I’m glad that the weather is finally going to get cooler and I’m ready for the winter waders to show up in spades. Stay tuned!
The Black Swan is found mostly in Australia and New Zealand where it was hunted to extinction but later re-introduced. There are several feral black swans in Britain and I have seen one once out in the wild there. They believe there may be as many as 45 nesting pairs now. This image of a black swan was taken at the London Wetlands Centre in London and is part of the permanent non-wild exhibit. They are quite beautiful!