Showing posts with label HK Shek Kong. Show all posts
Showing posts with label HK Shek Kong. Show all posts

16 November 2019

Chinese Grey Shrike - a “HK first"

Chinese Grey Shrike - Lanius sphenocercus

This very handsome HK “First” was found at fishponds near Mai Po Nature Reserve on November 5th.

Chinese Grey Shrike - Lanius sphenocercus

A steady procession of admirers went to see it over the ensuing few days - but the bird seems to have been spending more time on Pond 8 at Mai Po recently. 

Chinese Grey Shrike - Lanius sphenocercus

And at the Mai Po boardwalk on November 9th..

Black-headed Gulls - Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Saunders Gull - Chroicocephalus saundersi

Dunlin - Calidris alpina

Dunlin - Calidris alpina

Common Redshank - Tringa totanus

It seemed inevitable that so many birds along the shoreline would attract a raptor of some sort. I had Eastern Marsh Harrier in mind, instead : -

Peregrine - Falco peregrinus

Peregrine - Falco peregrinus

..the Peregrine swept past once, not trying to catch anything, probably looking for weaker or sicker birds among the disturbed waders.

Great Egret - Ardea alba

Earlier, (Nov 1st) I went to Tai Lam Country Park in an effort to see the Brown Wood Owls in the area. I hadn’t been birding that way for years, so was fortunate to bump into people who actually knew where the birds were. 

Brown Wood Owl - Strix leptogrammica

Brown Wood Owl - Strix leptogrammica

Brown Wood Owl - Strix leptogrammica

Brown Wood Owl - Strix leptogrammica

It’s not WHAT you know,  it’s HOOO you know.

I’ll get my coat.

16 December 2018

Rays of sunshine

White-spectacled Warbler - Seicercus affinis
On the 30th November we joined some other keen birders to go to Po Toi Island to “twitch” HK’s first Silver Oriole, seen the previous day.

Well, we didn’t get the oriole but but the company and weather were just fine.  This “White-spec.” was some slight compensation.  

It was dark under the canopy where I took this, but the image quality is a tribute to the Image Stabilising on a handheld 500mm f4 lens.

On another fine evening, I went to Pond 14 at Mai Po to try for shots of the Chinese Penduline Tits reported from there.  They are attractive birds, but usually small, distant and skulky. 

Chinese Penduline Tit - Remiz consobrinus

Chinese Penduline Tit - Remiz consobrinus
Meanwhile, back in the woods, a steady procession of December “usual suspects” revealed themselves.

Red-throated Flycatcher - Ficedula albicilla

Daurian Redstart - Phoenicurus auroreus

Chinese Bulbul - Pycnonotus sinensis

Blue Whistling Thrush - Myophonus caeruleus

Japanese White-Eye - Zosterops japonicus

Grey-backed Thrush - Turdus hortulurum

(Asian) Brown Flycatcher - Muscicapa latirostris

Fork-tailed Sunbird - Aethopyga christinae 

Rufous-tailed Robin - Larvivora sibilans

Most of my Rufous-tailed Robin views have involved birds glimpsed through undergrowth, and this one was no different.

2 December 2018

Nam Sang Wai and Shek Kong Catchment, 29th Nov 2018

Black-faced Spoonbill - Platalea minor
Hazy sunshine and a low tide predicted in late morning made NSW seem like an attractive place to visit for the first time in over a year.

Common Teal - Anas crecca

White-breasted Kingfisher - Halcyon smyrnensis
I get the feeling that many of the more experienced HK photographers consider NSW a bit passé  And someone recently pointed out to me that hardly any real rarities turn up there. 

Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea

Northern Shoveler - Anas clypeata

Pied Avocet - Recurvirostra avosetta

Pied Kingfisher - Ceryle rudis

But the  slipway near the AFCD post is still great place to practice “birds in flight” photography.

Woodland birding sites can be pretty quiet after mid-morning, but a low winter sun meant that there would be plenty of dark gullies along the track at Shek Kong Catchment, so there I went.

As it turned out, the first noteworthy bird was another “BIF” -  a displaying Crested Goshawk.

Crested Goshawk - Accipiter trivirgatus

Crested Goshawk - Accipiter trivirgatus
I’ve seen them do this often before, but rarely so close and in such strong light.

Later on, a mixed feeding bird flock found me in a shady corner and I got shots of a couple of the more colourful species under the tree canopy.

Yellow-cheeked Tit - Parus spilonotus

Silver-eared Mesia - Leiothrix argentaurus
Daurian Redstarts, having mostly arrived for the Hong Kong winter three to four weeks ago, have established their territories and become more cautious of humans. 

Daurian Redstart - Phoenicurus auroreus

But this male gave me a brief photo opportunity as I returned to the end of the catchment road.

11 November 2018

Here today.....gone tomorrow ?

Eastern Buzzard - Buteo japonicus

Zitting Cisticola - Cisticola juncidis
Out and about, it seems like autumn passage birds are giving way to winter visitors.

But even the winter birds may not linger, and it seems like we can’t take seeing them two days in a row for granted.

Chestnut-eared Bunting - Emberiza fucata

Peregrine - Falco peregrinus

Peregrine - Falco peregrinus

Peregrine - Falco peregrinus

Peregrine - Falco peregrinus

Mai Po boardwalk hide, with Shenzhen high rise behind
Buff-bellied Pipit - Anthus rubescens

Yellowknib - Anas poecilorhyncha
Yellowknib - Anas poecilorhyncha

The woodland stuff, like minlas and minivets are mostly resident, but the Ashy Drongo is distinctly seasonal. 
Grey-chinned Minivet - Pericrocotus solaris

Blue-winged Minla - Minla cyanouroptera

Blue-winged Minla - Minla cyanouroptera

Ashy Drongo - Dicrurus leucophaeus

Grey-chinned Minivet - Pericrocotus solaris

Finally, thanks to Mike Kilburn for this season’s probably one-and-only Pallas’s Reed Bunting !
Pallas's Bunting - Emberiza pallasi

Pallas's Bunting - Emberiza pallasi

Pallas's Bunting - Emberiza pallasi

And I finally got one of these in the open...... 

Dusky Warbler - Phylloscopus fuscatus

I shall ignore them for the rest of the winter now.