There was drama on the Long Water today. A pair of Canada Geese have been nesting on the tern raft on the Long Water, and their eggs hatched yesterday evening. But the raft is surrounded by a wall of transparent plastic, and the goslings were trapped inside.
In the morning we rang Malcolm the Wildlife Officer, who came over quickly from his base in Richmond Park and borrowed a boat from Bluebird Boats. He quickly netted the goslings and tipped them into the water.
The parents brought them over to the shade of the willow tree near the bridge to recover from their ordeal in the hot sunlight.
But the story is not yet over, because the smallest of the goslings seemed dazed and was wandering about vaguely. We don't know whether it will pull through. The other three seemed fine.
The Starlings nesting in the plane trees near the small boathouse were busily flying across the lake to the Lido restaurant to fetch food for their nestlings. Here a parent comes out of the nest hole for another run.
There are certainly four nests in these two trees, maybe more.
Another Starling had found a grape at a picnic on the edge of the Serpentine, and was crushing it so that it could be swallowed.
A little way up the shore, a Pied Wagtail was collecting insects for its young.
The Black Swan was with his girlfriend at the east end of the Serpentine, where several people were feeding the waterfowl with various unsuitable foods.
The male Little Owl in the chestnut tree was basking on a branch.
The terrapin on the Long Water had also come out to sunbathe on the fallen chestnut tree.
Next to the path above this tree, a Holly Blue butterfly was sunning itself on a leaf.