"Oh, to be in Mai Po, now that April's there.." as Robert Browning almost wrote.
Spring migration is well underway, with large numbers of waders feeding on the Deep Bay tideline as the waters rise towards the boardwalk hides of Mai Po Nature Reserve.
Late last week this Peregrine Falcon was giving the assembled birds some extra exercise.
Peregrine Falcon - Falco peregrinus
On a day that 18 individuals were counted, here are a few shots of Nordmann's Greenshank....
Nordmann's Greenshank - Tringa guttifer
A few Black-faced Spoonbills are still around, this one starting to show its breeding colours..
Black-faced Spoonbill - Platalea minor
Little Stints are rare in Hong Kong, but there have been one or two around in the past few days, in their easier-to-identify breeding plumage. Here's one at front left of shot (not sure about the other two here);-
Little Stint - Calidris minuta
Two views of the spectacle in Deep Bay
The view towards the outermost boardwalk hide.
Inside the Reserve itself, on Ponds 16/17 there was a fine congregation of Caspian Terns. On Saturday 7th April we counted 160, which would be a new high for HK.
Caspian Terns - Hydroprogne caspia
Some Red-necked Stints
Red-necked Stint - Calidris ruficollis
And on the man-made islands closest to Hide No.1, a mixture of waders..
Greater and Mongolian Sand Plovers, a crowd of Red-necked Stints and few Curlew Sandpipers, Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and Broad-billed Sandpipers.
Many of the usual April suspects, then.
Finally, Quiz Time..... one of these two Greenshank ISN'T a Common Greenshank... ?
There....Nordmann's (left) and Common (right) Greenshank.
Not as difficult as some field guides make it look, eh ?