It's exactly 45 kilometers from our place to the Po Toi Ferry, which leaves from Aberdeen, on the south side of Hong Kong Island. The trip out to the island itself takes another 45 - 50 minutes.
Hong Kong is quite a small place, and we've become conditioned to thinking 45 km is a long way, - so why go to Po Toi ?
Well, it's a great place to see migrant birds that would be difficult to see anywhere else, and there always seem to be one or two surprises there, either on the island itself, or on the seas around it.
On the way out, over two hundred Red-necked Phalaropes - Phalaropus lobatus
And a small flock of Little Terns - Sterna albifrons
Seen from the pier on arrival, a single Chinese Sparrowhawk - Accipiter soloensis
One of Po Toi's resident Pacific Reef Egrets - Egretta sacra
And a migrant Cattle Egret - Egretta garzetta
Also present were:-
Pacific Swifts - Apus pacificus
Lesser Frigatebird - Fregata ariel (seen here with Black Kite Milvus migrans)
A Japanese Paradise Flycatcher - Terpsiphone atrocaudata
But the birds of the day for us were two Grey-faced Buzzards that skulked around the wooded area of the island all day.
Grey-faced Buzzard - Bustatur indicus
Good birds will always turn up on Po Toi, - especially in April !