Peanuts in the shell are a popular food with Carrion Crows and Jays, and with Ring-Necked Parakeets, all of which enjoy opening the shell and getting the contents out. But until today I had never seen a gull eating one. However, when I threw a peanut to a crow on the edge of the Serpentine, a young Herring Gull flew in and stole it, and managed to crack it open with its powerful beak. No sooner did this happen but a second Herring Gull took another nut. You can see that it is crushing the shell by brute force, not opening it by pecking.
A Black-Headed Gull was enjoying a more traditional meal, a dead mirror carp that had washed up on the edge of the Serpentine.
Perhaps misled by the recent mild weather, the Mute Swans on the Serpentine have started courting.
I went to photograph the male Tawny Owl and found him in his usual place and took the usual photograph. However, when I was going home much later, I met someone who said that both of the owls were out on the balcony -- to my surprise, as I was sure that the female was on her nest now. So I hastened up in the gathering darkness and managed to get this shot. They were both looking around, preparing to go hunting.
It is not a good picture, taken in drizzle with a rain-spattered lens at 3.12 pm, one minute before sunset, with an exposure of ¹⁄₁₅ second at f2.8 and a teleconverter giving 40.8x zoom, hand-held, all factors that militate against clarity. Rather surprised I got it at all.
Two of the Jackdaws were wandering around near the owls' tree looking for worms.
And a Wren was poking around under the plants in the Flower Walk.