St James’s Park is in the middle of London, running from Westminster (not far from Big Ben) up to Buckingham Palace. It covers 23 hectares (58 acres); that’s 29 football pitches to you. It is the oldest Royal Park in London having been “acquired” by Henry VIII in 1532. Before that, the place was a leper hospital. It was opened to the public in 1660. Nowadays 5½ million people visit every year.
Pelicans have lived in the park since 1664, the first ones were a gift from the Russian ambassador. There are currently five pelicans there – four of them are pictured in this set. The one that looks a little different to the others is a Louisiana Brown, the others are Great Whites (AKA Eastern). Apparently, they sometimes fly onto the park benches at sit next to people but I've never seen it. I’ve only ever seen them in the lake or on their island.
It is no good trying to do a triptych without a tripod.
Great title :-) Thanks for the education! I like the composition of #1.