Mainly birding in Hong Kong with a few pictures thrown in.
23 Mar 2021
Black-faced Spoonbills - all dressed up and somewhere to go
At the Mai Po boardwalk yesterday, most of the remaining Black-faced Spoonbills (Platalea minor) were in breeding plumage and feeding actively before they departed for their Korean breeding grounds.
These individuals were twitching their wings like butterflies as they chased fish in the shallow water.
It's great to see these birds, but I'm also sad to report that numbers in Deep Bay are slowly dropping, even when the known population of this Endangered Species is still rising.
Water quality is declining, probably as a result of increased development and urbanization.