31 Jan 2009

Mugi till you puke

On a tip-off, we explored the lesser-known (to us) corners of Shatin, and found the patch of woodland occupied as a winter territory by this bird. It was easy to locate, about a dozen photographers were already there, huddled on a narrow footpath. When the bird moved we all jostled and clattered to get a good angle, trying not to drop tripod legs into the drainage channel. Often hidden behind a tangle or in the shadows, we all had an entertaining hour or two trying to get some pictures. At a safe distance, I'd like to think the star of the show was enjoying himself, too.

These days the membership of the Hong Kong Birdwatching Society is scattered fairly widely, and this broader coverage means that good birds turn up in previously unregarded corners of HK. This Mugimaki Flycatcher, a winter visitor here, is an example of this, found by a teenage local birder in Siu Lek Yuen, on a wooded hillside behind his housing estate.

Nice one !

Mugimaki Flycatcher

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