10 May 2022

Hong Kong Southern waters boat trip - 9th May 2022

Hong Kong’s Tern migration period is peaking, and eight tern species were seen on yesterday’s boat trip. In no particular order, they were: -

Hong Kong breeders (and passage birds)




and “strictly passing through”


Great Crested



Eastern Common

Throw in a couple of hundred Red-necked Phalarope and one close Short-tailed Shearwater, then one has all the ingredients of a memorable day out.

Like this

White-winged Tern - Chlidonias leucopterus

Short-tailed Shearwater - Ardenna tenuirostris

Short-tailed Shearwater - Ardenna tenuirostris

Short-tailed Shearwater - Ardenna tenuirostris

Red-necked Phalarope - Phalaropus lobatus

Red-necked Phalarope - Phalaropus lobatus

Red-necked Phalarope - Phalaropus lobatus

Red-necked Phalarope - Phalaropus lobatus

Bridled Terns - Onychoprion anaethetus

Aleutian Tern - Onychoprion aleuticus

Aleutian Tern - Onychoprion aleuticus

Common Tern - Sterna hirundo

Common Tern - Sterna hirundo

White-winged Tern - Chlidonias leucopterus

White-winged Tern - Chlidonias leucopterus

White-winged Tern - Chlidonias leucopterus (mostly) - note Tuna

White-winged Tern - Chlidonias leucopterus (mostly)

Little Tern - Sternula albifrons

Greater Crested Tern - Thalasseus bergi

Greater Crested Tern - Thalasseus bergi

Later on, the weather cleared up, but the terns continued to pass us....

White-winged Tern - Chlidonias leucopterus (mostly)

Common Tern - Sterna hirundo (mostly)

And home in time for tea !

25 Apr 2022

25th April 2022 - waterbirds on the Deep Bay tideline, Hong Kong

Chinese Egret - Egretta eulophotes

Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopus
Chinese Pond Herons - Ardeola bacchus
Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopus
Common Redshank -Tringa totanus
Chinese Egret - Egretta eulophotes
Eastern Cattle Egrets - Bulbulcus coromandus
Greater Sand Plover - Charadrius leschenaultii
Terek Sandpiper - Xenus cinereus
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - Calidris acuminata

a mystery-flagged stint, possibly banded in Kamchatka -
Red-necked Stint - Calidris ruficollis
Black-faced Spoonbill  - Platalea minor
Black-faced Spoonbills  - Platalea minor
Black-faced Spoonbills  - Platalea minor
Gull-billed Tern - Geochelidon nilotica
Greater Sand Plover - Charadrius leschenaultii
Grey-tailed Tattler - Tringa brevipes

...and last but not least
Red-necked Stint - Calidris ruficollis

All viewed and photographed this morning from the Northern Floating Hide, Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hong Kong

19 Apr 2022

Mid-April - And it’s “Goodbye" from some wintering birds

....and “Hello” from some of those passing through..

Eastern Buzzard - Buteo japonicus

Black-faced Bunting - Emberiza spodocephala (male)

Stejneger's Stonechat - Saxicola stejnegeri

Dusky Warbler - Phylloscopus fuscatus

Siberian Rubythroat - Calliope calliope

Siberian Rubythroat - Calliope calliope

Black-faced Bunting - Emberiza spodocephala (female)

Oriental Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus orientalis

Oriental Reed Warbler - Acrocephalus orientalis

 and a BIF to close with !