8 Apr 2021

Egretta eulophotes - Chinese Egret

This species was chosen as a symbol for the HKBWS when it was founded. A sketch by Mike Roser was used for the Society’s first thirty-or-so years, superseded by David Bakewell’s more realistic version in the late 1980s. More recently still, the HK Birdwatching Society has been using a different, colourful representation of this bird. There can’t be an egret that does “aigrettes” quite like Egretta eulophotes, even the scientific name means “well-crested”.
All photos taken from the boardwalk hide, today, 8th April 2021.


  1. Our local naturalists club has used Great Blue Heron in its insignia since its inception, in various incarnations, and it continues to this day. In nine years we will be a hundred years old, and any attempts to change the species along the way have always been strenuously opposed. Tradition sometimes counts for a great deal, I suppose.

  2. Didn't know that John.

    Only ever seen one here.