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)

Roseate

Black-naped

Bridled

and “strictly passing through”

Aleutian

Great Crested

White-winged

Little

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 !