Despite temperatures at 30 degrees and above, yesterday I decided that a manly stroll to Mai Po's boardwalk hides would be a good way to spend two to three hours.
Sunhat, sunblock, and the 500mm lens seemed like an appropriate combination.
Away to my right, looking west, Gei Wai 11, the Border Security Fence, and the high-rise of Shenzhen in the distance.
A few spiders' webs across the path showed that I was the only person silly enough to go out through the mangroves. I arrived with the rising tidal waters close to the hide.
From the newest boardwalk hide, a surprise. Black-headed Gulls usually leave Hong Kong in April, and don't return until October.
Another unseasonal visitor, Eastern Common Tern. Not quite as unseasonal as Black-headed Gull, the early autumn birds may sometimes show themselves in late August.
Some Cattle Egrets engaged in a staring contest...
At the "Twin Hides" a Richard's Pipit. Race sinensis breeds in Hong Kong, but I don't recall seeing one at the edge of the Deep Bay Mudflats before.
Finally, a species that is present year-round (but some birds we see are passage migrants) - Common Kingfisher.
I carried one-and-a-half litres of water, and I drank all of it.