28 Mar 2022

A view from theMai Po Board Walk hides, 28th March 2022

Black-capped Kingfisher - Halcyon pileata

Gull-billed Tern - Geochelidon nilotica

Western Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

Common Redshank - Tringa totanus (HK flags, reported on HKBWS site)

Red-necked Stint - Calidris ruficollis

Greater Sand Plover - Charadrius leschenaultii

Kentish Plover - Charadrius alexandrinus

Nordmann's Greenshank - Tringa guttifer

A wet morning, but there was no-one else around, and the low air pressure allowed the tide to rise higher than expected, bringing the birds close-ish to the hides.

Nice to see a variety of passage migrants around.

15 Mar 2022

Tree Pipit - a HK “First”, and seasonal supporting cast

HK's first Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) - in a tree, where else ?

Many Thanks to Matthew Kwan, discoverer of this bird (among Olive-backed Pipits) at Mai Po on 3rd March. 

A reminder to us all to look at everything carefully.  

At the boardwalk, Saunders Gulls have sometimes showed well. They are elegant creatures, and will leave us soon to breed on the northeast Chinese coast.

Saunders's Gull - Chroicocephalus saundersi

Saunders's Gull - Chroicocephalus saundersi

Saunders's Gull - Chroicocephalus saundersi

Saunders's Gull - Chroicocephalus saundersi (1st winter)

Another boardwalk specialty -

Eastern Yellow Wagtail - Motacilla tschutschensis (macronyx)

I don’t have a mirrorless camera yet, but the old 1DX 2 (and 500mm lens) is still good enough for some of the old favourites...

House Swift - Apus nipalensis

Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica

Cool and clear weather recently, but damp spring should be just around the corner.