2 October 2019

Birds on the move

Red-backed Shrike - Lanius collurio
Hong Kong’s 7th or 8th Red-backed Shrike was found (Thanks, JAA) at Long Valley on Sept 28th.  So far (Oct 2nd) it’s the only “Rarity” seen in Hong Kong during this autumn migration season.

But October can be a busy month, so perhaps other things will turn up.

Red-backed Shrike - Lanius collurio

Meanwhile, some shots from the last few days, mostly migrants or arriving Winter Visitors. 

Warning ! One of these is not a migrant and not a bird either !

Common Redshank - Tringa totanus

Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopus

Small Asian Mongoose - Herpestes javanicus

Pied Harrier - Circus melanoleucos
 For me, this is a typical Pied Harrier view !

Common Snipe - Gallinago gallinago

"Swintail" Snipe - Gallinago megala/stenura

Long-toed Stint - Calidris subminuta

Pacific Golden Plover - Pluvialis fulva

Marsh Sandpiper - Tringa stagnatilis

Black-naped Oriole - Oriolus chinensis

Black-naped Oriole - Oriolus chinensis

Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybrida

Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybrida

Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybrida

Blue-tailed Bee-eater - Merops philippinus

but a small party on 30th September along Mai Po Access Road seemed a good birding harbinger for October.

Heaven knows, we'll need all the distraction we can get.

25 September 2019

Time and Tide...

A sunny morning (September 24th) and a falling tide at the boardwalk hides at Mai Po.

It seems that the birds are never as close on outgoing tides, and a lot of these photos are big crops.

Photos displayed in the order they were taken....

Common Redshank

Common Redshank


Greater Sand Plover

Black-browed Reed Warbler

Oriental Reed Warbler

Black-winged Stilt

Great Knot (in front)


Marsh Sandpiper

Common Redshank

Seasonal variety on the Deep Bay mudflats !

18 September 2019

Mid-Autumn around Mai Po

Common Redshank - Tringa totanus

England’s cricket series against Australia (“The Ashes”)  finally came to an end, and messages on Local WhatsApp groups reminded me there were some autumn birds to be found here and there.

A rising tide at Mai Po yesterday morning impelled me to make the effort to get out to the boardwalk hides, even though it turned out to be a hot, steamy morning.

Black-faced Spoonbill - Platalea minor

Black-faced Spoonbill - Platalea minor

I was surprised to see the mudflat covered with so much seagrass and sonneratia mangrove, but then I hadn’t been out there since mid-May.

For the time being, the greenery makes an interesting backdrop to the waders as they fly over the hides on their way to the centre of Mai Po Nature Reserve, but some “gardening” is going to be necessary soon.

The Black-faced Spoonbills have been over-summering - HK’s migrant BFSs and wintering population will not start arriving until mid-October.

A variety of waders then - these are just a few of them.

Bar-tailed Godwit - Limosa lapponica

Marsh Sandpiper - Tringa stagnatilis

Common Redshank - Tringa totanus

Spotted Redshank - Tringa erythropus

Dunlin - Calidris alpina (in front !)

Common Greenshank - Tringa nebularia

Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopus

A Grey-headed Lapwing loitered on Ponds 16/17.

Grey-headed Lapwing - Vanellus cinereus

And nearby, a first-winter shrike that is probably a Brown Shrike, but I’m still not 100% certain. 

Brown Shrike - Lanius cristatus

And, apologies in advance that I don't seem to be able to reply to comments on my own blog...I'll keep fiddling with the settings. 

4 August 2019

Greater Painted-Snipe on "The Scrape" at Mai Po

Greater Painted-Snipe - Rostratula benghalensis
Welcome to the blog that addresses such important wildlife issues such as “Greater Painted-Snipe” - where do the capitals and hyphens go ?

Beats me.

Mid-summer - plenty of grass to hide in

Meanwhile here are some photos of GPS, one of our most attractive breeding species.  

More alluring to me because it's the females that are the gaudy ones, and the males are the ones that do most of the active parenting…no prizes for knowing which is which.

Greater Painted-Snipe - Rostratula benghalensis

Greater Painted-Snipe - Rostratula benghalensis

Greater Painted-Snipe - Rostratula benghalensis

Greater Painted-Snipe - Rostratula benghalensis

Greater Painted-Snipe - Rostratula benghalensis

Greater Painted-Snipe - Rostratula benghalensis

Greater Painted-Snipe - Rostratula benghalensis
All photos were taken on July 13th 2019 from Hide No. 3 (Ponds 16/17)  Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hong Hong.


After this rural idyll (or HK's equivalent), I found the road home unusually quiet.  This was due to an afternoon/evening demonstration in Sheung Shui, and our village Minibuses were not not running.


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