Sunday, September 6, 2015

The Birds at St. James Park in London


These were taken on one of our morning walks in St. James Park. This was our favorite spot while we were in London last June.  The birds never failed to entertain and I was particularly taken with this Moorhen.  


Moorhens are blackish with a red and yellow beak, and long green legs.  Seen closer up they have a dark brown back and wings and a more bluish-black belly, with white stripes on the flanks.


Their latin name is Gallinula chloropus and they belong to the family of Rails (Rallidae).


You can see them around any pond, lake, stream or river, or even ditches in farmland.  Moorhens can live in cities as well as the countryside.  In the United Kingdom they breed in lowland areas, especially in central and eastern England.  They are scarce in northern Scotland and the uplands of Wales and northern England.  UK breeding birds are residents and seldom travel far.


You can see them any time of the year and any time of the day.  You might even hear them calling at night.  They eat water plants, seeds, fruit, grasses, insects, snails, worms and small fish.  I found this information and more here.


I thought I would also post a short video today.


I am sharing with the following memes, with my thanks to our hosts. You can see other participants by visiting their links.

Anni at Bird D'Pot
Michelle at Nature Notes

40 comments:

Cloudia said...

An odd bird, therefore I love it immediately!





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Elephant's Child said...

Love them. Our moorhens are much more purple in colour. And we see them often, and smile every time.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That Garden is so beautiful - and was such a pleasant surprise. We didn't realize how many beautiful garden spots we'd find. You saw many more birds than we did though.

Linda said...

Lovely photos, Denise, and your video, with sound is so nice! :)

NatureStop said...

Lovely post with great images...will be back soon and have a great week ahead!

Shantana

llandudnopictures said...

They have a very distinct call too, very characterful birds!

diane b said...

They are common but interesting birds to watch. Ours have a purple chest. Lovely photos.

Margaret Adamson said...

Loved seeing the video with the little Mallard ducking, swans with their young adn the Moorhen's big feet.

Valerie said...

It is soothing to watch the birds in the water, almost hypnotic at times.

I never noticed the white stripes on the moor hen before.

eileeninmd said...

Good morning, Denise. Great post on the Moorhen! Your photos are awesome, love the flowers too. Have a happy new week!

Christine said...

You got some wonderful close ups of the moorhens! they must be used to people in London! We enjoy seeing quite a few along the river near us.
Have a great week!

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

St James's Park is one of my favourite London parks. The wildlife in the middle of a great city is fabulous, the views of the Foreign Office and other government buildings are almost fairy-tale like, there's often something going on and it's nice just to wander about - dodging the pickpockets etc, of course... Loved your post! I didn't know any of that about moorhens.

Anni said...

Perfect. Y'know?---I don't think I've ever heard their 'call'. That would be an added plus when out birding. And your information on this particular species was so very interesting!!! Perfect images this week.

Thanks for adding your link to share with us all at I'd Rather B Birdin'

Sandra said...

love the baby duck and the swans in the video and i thought the moorhen would kiss your camera... i love the bokeh moorhen with the flowers in focus. beautiful and the detail of the feathers in number 3 is so beautiful

gigihawaii said...

Such a pretty Moorhen.

Donna said...

What an unusual bird...love the beak color and love the video.

Linda Kay said...

Great pictures of the Moorhens. I don't think I've seen one this close up.

Small Kucing said...

What a lovely beak she have there

ladyfi said...

Sweet shots.

Lowcarb team member said...

Great post Denise, just love the video too.

Have a good week.

All the best Jan

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Very attractive and underrated birds, moorhens, with their tasteful colour scheme and island nests. Their chicks are hilariously cute.

Marie C said...

Beautiful moorhen! Really awesome shots, Denise!

Marie C said...

Loved the video too...it took a few minutes to boot up and I had already moved onto the comments before it opened. So I went back.

Stephanie said...

I like their beak coloring. Pretty bird.

Lois said...

A very pretty bird and I did enjoy the video! Thanks for sharing.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Fascinating andI love the sounds!

TexWisGirl said...

they're so sharp looking!

Rose said...

wow, you got some great pictures. I will have to watch the video later as hubby is watching TV.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

What a striking bird!!!!

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos !

Vagabonde said...

At first I thought the moorhen was the size of a small bird, like a dove. But when I watched your video it looked like the moorhen was more like a small chicken? It is a pretty bird. I had never seen one.

NatureStop said...

Greetings from Dubai! Really enjoyed going through your blog. Have a great week ahead! Will be back soon...

Shantana

Indrani said...

Lovely capture of details of the bird.
Great series.

Linda said...

The moorhen has a really cool face!

EG CameraGirl said...

I have never been that close to a moorhen! Very nice!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Lovely photos of these pretty birds!

orvokki said...

Lovely black bird. ! I haven't seen in nature.

William Kendall said...

Quite distinctive!

Rambling Woods said...

What a lovely park and place for the waterfowl. I enjoyed the video also. Very relaxing this afternoon... Happy Week Denise.. Michelle

Kay said...

Oh my! He has such an interesting beak!