Yesterday morning I was over in Rotherhithe, walking through the old dock area, now home to a smart new library, a less new shopping centre, and lots of flats.
Some of the water has been kept, and the water fowl are well accommodated.
Outside British Home Stores and Decathlon, one family was attracting a fair amount of attention.
No wonder. The parents seemed to take the human interest calmly.
It was a different story when the family set off for a swim and the ducks came too close. The male swan made it clear that he wanted his cygnets undisturbed.
Nearby coots were also raising their young, and swimming about with them. But they attracted far less attention from the shoppers.
There are advantages in being less conspicuous.
Meanwhile two bumble bees were taking their lives in their wings procreating in the middle of the pavement.
Had they been human they could have been arrested.