20 October 2013

Autumn passage wader highlights .....

Five or six early morning sessions in the Tragopan portable hide have brought a reward of some respectable wader close-ups.

So far, only a parade of common birds, but I'm not complaining.

A pleasant surprise (but not for the dragonfly) was the spectacle before sunrise yesterday of a Black-winged Stilt zapping a passing dragonfly and proceeding to drown and eat it.

Black-winged Stilt - Himantopus himantopus

Common Snipe - Gallinago gallinago

Spotted Redshank - Tringa erythropus

Grey Heron - Ardea cinerea

Black-winged Stilt - Himantopus himantopus

White-breasted Waterhen - Amaurornis phoenicurus

There are always reminders that birding in Hong Kong is not a "Wilderness Experience". After about eight o'clock the racket grows from the nearby container yards.

The yard dogs can be a bit of a nuisance, although they usually appear, nuzzle around discarded riceboxes, and go quite quickly.

The ubiquitous "chow" dog of the New Territories - Canis lapsappus
 Mid-October is usually when peak numbers of many autumn migrant waders occur.

Common Greenshank - Tringa nebularia

Wood Sandpiper - Tringa glareola

Eurasian Magpie - Pica pica

Marsh Sandpiper - Tringa stagnatilis

Common Kingfisher - Alcedo atthis

"And that"  -  as the great Eddie Waring used to say  -  ".... is all you're getting !! "


  1. Once again, some super nice photos of waders! I love the first shot of the juvenile stilt. Really nice catch.

    1. Ayuwat, Thanks..I worried when I saw the shimmering of the dragonfly wings that the Stilt was try to eat a piece of cellophane wrapper ! There are plenty of waders around at the moment..

  2. Great wader photos but what is the story with those dogs?!?!

    1. Stu, The dogs can be a nuisance, and dogs like these probably prevented the Black-winged Stilts nesting at Mai Po this year...