I have been noting how many different birds I can photograph in a winter from one spot, in this case the slipway at Nam Sang Wai. This is the fourth collection of images.
As I was getting the camera out of the back of the car yesterday morning, Jemi spotted this White's Thrush in the grass between the road and the old police post.
A "bonus bird" for NSW.
White's Thrush (Zoothera aurea)
Zoothera dauma was "White's" Thrush in the 1980s when I first saw it here in Hong Kong - named after the Vicar of Selborne, Gilbert White, who wrote his famous nature diary over 200 years ago. Later we called this bird "Scaly" Thrush, a more descriptive name. However the Himalayan population has been split from the long-distance migratory one - and our winter visitors are now Zoothera aurea and have gone back to being "White's" Thrush.
Why am I boring you with all this ? In July 2010 the Hong Kong Birdwatching Society brought out a revised list of Kong Kong Birds, and I find I have to keep checking to make sure I'm using the current English and scientific names. Which I try to, usually. When I remember the name has been revised.
But most nomenclature issues are small compared to the wonderful world of Large White-headed Gulls (LWHGs). Not only are LWHGs hard to identify, but the taxonomic goalposts keep moving, too.
And to get the worst shot out of the way, here's a Masked Laughingthrush that was in one of the invasive mangrove trees - sonneratia - just over the wall in front of the car.
Masked Laughingthrush (G. perspicillatus)
All the other photos in this post were taken from the Nam Sang Wai slipway yesterday. ( I could increase the final "NSW" species tally by lugging the big lens and tripod around the fishponds in the area but Spotted Dove and Common Myna, etc. won't count unless I can photograph them at the water's edge, where the egrets and spoonbills are. )
Black-headed Gull (C. ridibundus)
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
Tufted Duck (A. fuligula)
Eastern Buzzard (Buteo japonicus)
Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata)
Heuglin's Gull (Larus fuscus heuglini)
As you can see, a LWHG. Don't panic ! I may have misidentified it anyway !
The slipway at Nam Sang Wai - small turnout due to the New Year festival
So, for number of species photographed in or nearby the slipway, it adds up to 24 (Parts I - III) plus 7 here -
31 species to date in this series.