It's mid-August and the grass along Mai Po access road fishponds has grown very long. Workers are beginning to scythe it down, but not before I get a shot of this resident Plain Prinia.
Black-collared Starlings favour areas of newly-cut grass, digging in the exposed banks for earthworms.
Within Mai Po Nature Reserve itself, some Great Egrets on Pond 3, with the absolutely fabulous pink-tiled high-rise of Tin Shui Wai in the background.
Looking the other way, a more "natural" looking panorama.
The tide comes in, and most of the waders depart without coming close to the hides, apart from this juvenile Greater Sand Plover. He may have hatched this summer in Mongolia. I wonder if he'll stay the winter here, or head further south.
A non-breeding Chinese Pond Heron. Another young bird, perhaps.
White-throated Kingfisher, one of what looked like a pair of adults (juveniles have a black bill with yellow tip) hunting over the mudflats.
The kingfishers left as the water covered the mud, and so did I.
I've been looking at magnificent images from Alaska, where Brown Bears catch leaping salmon. To close with, here's my Hong Kong homage to those photographers…
Well, it's the best I could manage !