10 Feb 2011

Nam Sang Wai - Part V

Yes, to the sound of dead horses being flogged and barrels being scraped, here it comes.

I popped down to NSW again on Tuesday, 8th February.  As I stood at the back of the car I saw (probably the same individual) White's Thrush in the same spot as last week.

But away to the right, a Grey-backed Thrush was being chased off the grassland by a Pale Thrush...

Pale Thrush (Turdus pallidus)

More of the usual species were viewable from the slipway.

Great Cormorants (P. carbo) 

And two birds I hadn't photographed there before this winter: -

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)

Large-billed Crows (Corvus macrorhynchos)

When I was young, the presenters on children's TV shows used to show you how to make castles or dolls' houses from cardboard packets and tubes.

There would always be a stage where the presenter would say "Now here's one I made before the programme started"... and the viewer might feel a bit cheated.

Well, here are some pictures I took back in November but didn't post straightaway.

Black-crowned Night Heron (N. nycticorax)

Chinese Pond Heron (Ardeola bacchus)

"Western" Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

And finally today - and, yes, it's miles away...

Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster)

It WAS photographed from the slipway, but was in the trees across the Shan Pui River !

Parts I to IV totalled 31 species, and 7 more here (Part V) makes 38.  

Not bad for one spot, even if all the shots are not "frame-fillers" !)


  1. Interesting stuff John, surprisingly all but 2 of those pictured are easy to see in Hokkaido too.........

  2. I like the 'ones you made earlier'! Pale Thrush is a pretty good bird in HK isn't it? Don't think I ever saw one while I was there.

  3. Hi Stu and Dave,

    Yes the cold weather this year is driving a lot of "Northern" birds to us, it has been a great winter for thrushes. We saw Pale Thrush (usually rare in HK) in three different places during the Big Bird Race yesterday.