5 Apr 2022

Early April - clear days around Deep Bay, Hong Kong

Gull-billed Terns (Geochelidon nilotica) have been menacing the crabs and mudskippers on Deep Bay’s mudflats.

The best views are from Mai Po’s boardwalk hides.

On a clear day you can see forever....well, Shehou in Shenzhen, anyway.

Migrating waders - asleep here is Nordmann’s Greenshank (Tringa guttifer)

...and Oriental Pratincoles (Glareola maldivarum) on a drained fishpond in San Tin

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

Chinese Penduline Tit (Remiz consobrinus)

Most of oueEMHs look like this....

Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

...so, distant and heavily-cropped, here are record shots of an unusual-for-HK adult male Eastern Marsh Harrier:-

Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus)

Some of the winters’ more spectacular duck have lingered into April -

Baikal Teal (Anas formosa)

Falcated Duck (Mareca falcata)

And, last but never least, some of the Black-faced Spoonbills (Platalea minor) have gained spectacular golden tints in their  plumage prior to departure back to their Korean breeding grounds.

Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) 

Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) 


  1. Baikal Teal is truly spectacular. He is the star of the show this time, John.

    1. Thanks, David - I think it’s the “Flower-faced Duck” in Chinese, and rightly so !

  2. Spoonbills and Baikal Teal- hard to go wrong!

  3. Thanks, Forest - we are lucky to have Mai Po here in HK