I have just rediscovered these pictures taken on a hot August day in Hyde Park in London. It's very unusual for me to take street photos (or park photos) but these seem to illustrate how a park can allow people that precious contact with nature - especially a great variety of birds - which is usually harder to find in the city. I left London a long time ago and didn't know about the ring-necked parakeets that now live there. Although the origins of their arrival as wild birds in London is hard to pin down - a likely theory points to the great storm of 1987 which wrecked many aviaries and set the parakeets free. It was a moment of shocked delight for me when I walked into a clearing in the park and saw all the visitors interacting with these exotic birds. Apparently, there are about 8,600 breeding pairs now living in London parks.