To Regent’s Park and back

It was going to be a day of grey skies and showers so we decided not to go far. We had breakfast at the Alpino, did the weekly shop at Sainsbury and then wondered what to do next. As usual, Tigger had an idea.

The pigeons at Euston
The pigeons at Euston

Our journey took us via Euston station where there is a well established colony of pigeons. A group of them was resting and preening in the garden in front of the station, for once not squabbling over scraps.

How does this work, then?
How does this work, then?

You may know that London’s mayor, a keen cyclist himself, has created a system public bicycles for hire. To borrow or return a cycle, you need to use a touch-sensitive screen on the terminal. This couple stopped to try this one, even though they did not want to hire a bike.

Look into my eyes...
Look into my eyes…

Our destination was  the Zoo in Regent’s Park. As we have member­ships, we can pop in for a short visit any time. The pelicans had just been fed and were a little lethargic. This one seems to be staring thoughtfully at my camera.

Freeloading heron
Freeloading heron

Herons are usually shy creatures but at Regent’s Park they have learnt that they are safe in the animal enclosures and that there are rich pickings from the food missed by its intended recipients. I could almost have lent over and touched this one.

Tiger!
Tiger!

You can guess who I was hoping to see. I was lucky because the tigers were resting in their shelter near the viewing area. It was difficult to take a photo through the thick glass which was dirty and reflective. I shaded it with my sleeve and the result is not bad in the circumstances./p>

One of the big spiders
One of the big spiders

At the other end of the size scale are the insects and arachnids. This spider is a big one but I neglected to note what species it is. Imagine that one running around on my desk!

Moon jellyfish
Moon jellyfish

Among the more mysteriously beautiful creatures are these Moon Jellyfish. Watching them turning slowing in the moving water, it would be easy to think they were flowers fallen into the water from a bush rather than an animal.

Not an exhibit: a keeper throws seed in a bird enclosure
Not an exhibit: a keeper throws seed in a bird enclosure

The weather changed for the worse and so we returned to Angel. By the time we arrived, it was pelting with rain. Rather than get soaked by running home, we took refuge in a nearby pub. So did someone else.

Sheltering in the pub doorway
Sheltering in the pub doorway

We waited out the rain with coffee which the barman served us for free!

Gruesome decor
Gruesome decor

It was a pleasant enough pub but I wasn’t keen on the rather gruesome decor, even if this continued the theme of the afternoon. As I drank my coffee, I tried to imagine the owner of this splendid set of horns fleshed, alive and moving about.

The rain eased off, and we managed to get home a little damp but otherwise no worse for wear.

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About SilverTiger

I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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4 Responses to To Regent’s Park and back

  1. AEJ says:

    Glad you had a nice day! Beautiful pictures, as usual. The pigeons look like a scene out of The Birds!

    That movie still gives me nightmares, and I saw it over 30 years ago.

    • SilverTiger says:

      I seem to remember that The Birds starts with a gull diving on someone’s head. This has relevance to us today because in certain places in the UK gulls have been attacking people. This is because they have become used to people feeding them and become aggressive if you don’t feed them.

      Even so, we are still far from the disaster scenario of the film.

  2. I love going to the zoo! Here is Canada zoos are considered bad things so you kinda have to not tell anyone that you have been to one. I love them and have not been for quite awhile, but am hoping to get to the Greater Vancouver Zoo http://www.gvzoo.com/ABOUT%20THE%20ZOO before the summer is out!
    Nice pictures.

    • SilverTiger says:

      We should rightly be aware of the problematic nature of zoos but not reject them out of hand. (Such black and white judgements are characteristic of a public not taught to think.) They are often all that stands between a species and its final extinction.

      We have memberships of ZSL, London’s Zoo, because it partly or wholly funds many projects around the world to preserve wildlife and to improve relations between it and the people who live with it.

      Zoos provide for many people their first and perhaps only opportunity to become acquainted with the wonders of life on this planet. There is a difference between watching David Attenborough’s documentaries, wonderful as they may be, and actually seeing the living creature inches from your nose.

      Zoos are entertaining but they play a crucial educational role in our over-urbanized society.

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