27 Feb 2023

Look who's here - Mai Po at the end of February

Might as well enjoy the Oriental White Storks (Ciconia boyciana) while we've got them

We had a trip out to the Pearl Delta on the 19th February, on the HK Dolphinwatch boat.  Apart from the incomparable Chinese White Dolphins (Sousa chinensis)... 

......there were about two hundred migrating gulls on the water, including about seventy Black-tailed Gulls (L. crassirostris).

And gulls at the Mai Po boardwalk, too - 

Pallas's Gull (l) and Black-headed Gull (r)

"Heuglins" Gull - Larus fuscus heuglini

"Heuglins" Gull - Larus fuscus heuglini

Pink legs on a LWHGull ? - points to Larus vegae mongolicus

Larus vegae mongolicus - 2cy, I think

Pallas's Gull, greeted by a "mongolicus"

Don't get me started on the shifting sands of Gull Taxonomy.

3 Feb 2023

Oriental Storks at Mai Po

Umpteen Oriental Storks (Ciconia boyciana) have been cruising around Deep Bay since mid-January.

Having missed them a couple of times, I finally caught up with them on 20th January...well, eight of them anyway.

A splendid, clear, and cool evening at Mai Po.

14 Jan 2023

Some mid-winter birding in Hong Kong

Black Stork - Ciconia nigra

Mid-December - a Black Stork was the birding surprise of our winter so far, using a tree near a busy Sheung Shui junction as an overnight roost. But only for two nights that we know of.

A short walk from home, there was (were ?) a variety of winter visitors, active on the colder mornings.


Common Rosefinch - Carpodacus erythrinus

Yellow-browed Warbler - Phylloscopus inornatus

Pallas's Warbler - Phylloscopus proregulus

Dusky Warbler - Phylloscopus fuscatus

Further afield, the woodland of Pat Sin Leng Country Park had some very seasonal offerings, too

Rufous-tailed Robin - Larvivora sibilans

Rufous-faced Warbler - Abroscopus albogularis

Rufous-faced Warbler - Abroscopus albogularis

Grey-chinned Minivet - Pericrocotus solaris

Around the fishponds buffering Mai Po*, some of the "usual suspects"....

Wryneck - Jynx torquilla

Spellcheck wants to correct the latin above to "Jinx tortilla" - something I wouldn't choose from a Mexican Restaurant menu .

Red-rumped Swallow - Cecropsis daurica

Red-throated Pipit - Anthus cervinus

Red-billed Starlings - Spodiopsar sericeus

Final bird photo - and a future candidate for one of those "birds in their environment" categories in a photography contest, perhaps....

Wood Sandpiper - Tringa glareola

(A shot for anyone who ever wondered what happened to the crusts of white bread that the citizenry here won't eat - the crusts are fed to fish in commercial fish ponds, where this was taken.)

Over Tsim Bei Tsui, sunset on the "Year of the Rat"

*Strictly, a "Wetland Buffer Area" around the Mai Po/Deep Bay Ramsar Site - long may it continue.