An under-subscribed Hong Kong Birdwatching Society boat trip to Po Toi Island … “and HK’s southern waters”.
Bus, train and tunnel bus (170 Hung Hom to Wah Kwai) got me to Aberdeen Public Pier in good time for the 07:30 sailing. The public ferry at 10:00hrs to Po Toi would have been rather cheaper, but the society’s hired boat had a good head start.
Choppy weather, but it looked like experienced sailors weren’t worried.
Grey-headed Lapwing is a long-distance migrant and winter visitor to HK. Still, it came as a surprise to find this group flying over the sea near Repulse Bay.
Tin Hau Temple, mouth of Po Toi Harbour
Eastern Reef Egret
More migrants were in the woods of Po Toi itself. Bird of the day – and a “First” for Po Toi - was a White-throated Rock Thrush. This was missed by me, but there are photos on the HKBWS website here: -
Some other migrants below.
Lime Butterfly - Papilio demoleus
Er... small raptor - working on this ID
DEBATE here :
But the return boat trip (13:00 to 16:00) to Victoria Harbour via the West Lamma Channel was seabird-free.