A patch of winter sunshine and the welcome sight of a few birds over the fishponds of the New Territories.
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
House Swift Apus nipalensis
And, if the day is overcast, any background except the sky will do, even if it IS the skyscrapers of Tin Shui Wai.
Western Osprey Pandion haliaetus
In other news, plenty of Dunlin around on the tideline at Mai Po this afternoon (Feb. 3rd), including this one with leg flags from Bohai Bay. Found by John Allcock, not yours truly.
Dunlin Calidris alpina
Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris
One of over twenty Great Knot present
Nordmann's Greenshank Tringa guttifer
And a lone Nordmann's Greenshank.
And the Baer's Pochard, last seen in mid-January, has done a bunk !
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
You need a particular concentration of pollution to avoid blowing the highlights of a setting sun, but don't ask me how many particulates per million it has to be. Anyhow, nature and mankind were working in harmony to create this effect last Tuesday !
Great Cormorants Phalacrocorax carbo