I remember staying somewhere on my travels where a stroll uphill and through some woods was recommended as a “Wilderness Experience” – as if this was a good thing.
In reality, though, the “Wilderness Experience” was but a short interlude between my comfortable bed and a sumptious breakfast buffet.
I think what they meant was that the air was fresh and the views fine. And that was true enough.
Birding in Hong Kong takes one to some picturesque places, but often one has to ignore the hand of man when appreciating good birds.
The presence of Grey-headed Lapwings along the Kam Tin River is a case in point.
Three large flyovers don't seem to bother them..... but, as their traditional Buffalo Field habitat near Shui Tau Tsuen has been trashed, perhaps they have no choice.
Grey-headed Lapwing habitat in 2011
Grey-headed Lapwings (Vanellus cinereus)
A "Globally Near-threatened" species (Birdlife International), a flock of about a dozen returns to Hong Kong every winter.
But for how much longer ?