It is also called the Maned Duck or Australian Wood Duck, since it is one of those waterfowl, like an Egyptian Goose, that doesn't quite fit either category. Its taxonomic name is Chenonetta jubata. It doesn't have much of a mane, just a patch of dark feathers on the back of its neck that can be raised.
The Scaup was still on the Round Pond, but again right in the middle, and I will spare you the dull picture I took.
Today I met Jeffrey Martin, who studies owls and wrote an article in the August 2014 issue of British Wildlife featuring our own Tawnies. I took him and his wife to see the owl, and the inconsiderate creature, which had been visible earlier, had gone in. So we went to see the Little Owl, who wouldn't look out of the hole.
After they had gone, both birds reappeared.
Well, birdwatching is like that.
The Starlings on the Tawny Owls' tree are stll holding on to their nest hole, though the way this one was clinging close to the entrance seemed to show that they had been having trouble with Ring-Necked Parakeets.
The pigeon-eating Lesser Black-Backed Gulls were sharing the male's latest kill next to the Dell restaurant, despite crowds of people and Mute Swans milling around them.
In the little pool at the top of the Dell, a Wren was clinging tightly to a slippery rock to have a drink.
Several more Red-Crested Pochards have reappeared on the Serpentine as mysteriously as they left. They have probably been in Regent's Park, where there are quite a lot of these birds.
The young Grey Wagtail showed up again, after keeping out of sight for weeks. It was running along the edge of the Lido.