12 Nov 2015

November ! - autumn passage migrants, with a few residents too

There - the post title has given it all away.

October began with a Typhoon called "Mujigae".  

As often happens when it is rough at sea, more terns turn up on Mai Po's tideline. 

Gull-billed and White-winged Terns

(mostly) White-winged Terns - Chlidonias leucoptera

(mostly) White-winged Terns - Chlidonias leucoptera

White-winged Tern - Chlidonias leucoptera

White-winged Tern - Chlidonias leucoptera

White-winged Tern - Chlidonias leucoptera

White-winged Terns - Chlidonias leucoptera

White-winged Terns - Chlidonias leucoptera

White-winged Terns - Chlidonias leucoptera

Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybrida

Red Turtle Dove is getting harder to find, generally, but on Oct 5th a few individuals pottered about a track in front of the car, giving decent views. Again, the effect of the typhoon.

They looked lost and wet. Well, they were "lost and wet"
Red Turtle Dove - Streptopelia tanquebarica

As was this Black Drongo
Black Drongo - Dicrurus macrocercus

Black Drongo - Dicrurus macrocercus

Now, a sunny resident black-and-white interlude, before we return to full colour migrants....

Pied Kingfisher - Ceryle rudis

Pied Kingfisher - Ceryle rudis

Collared Crow - Corvus torquatus

"Passage migrants" again.....
Asian Brown Flycatcher - Muscicapa dauurica

Oriental Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus orientalis

The local bird-ringers have been busy. (Seen here outside the Ringers Hut in Mai Po Nature Reserve). Their bird of the morning when I took these photos was a Japanese-ringed Dusky Warbler - already released.

A good variety of migrant and resident birds is not to be sniffed at...

Amur Falcon - Falco amurensis

And finally, one of those sunrise-and-silhouette shots....

At Mai Po, where else ?


  1. All 3 of these tern species are scarce to very rare here and you have loads of 'em!

  2. You do such a good job of photographing birds in flight. You gotta love the huge eye on the Asian Brown Flycatcher. Great Amur Falcon photo also.
    Seeing the bird banders at work, it made me wonder.... Do you speak Cantonese?

  3. Hi John, I speak Cantonese...but actually most of these bird ringers speak English well, too.