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Mudskippers Showing Fins
Mudskippers Showing Fins
Species: Boleophthalmus pectinirostris (大彈塗魚)

John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > Hong Kong 12 > Mudskippers Showing Fins

Cormorant Flying By
You can see all of the cormorants perched in the trees behind. Apparently their guano signifigantly changes the chemistry in the area.
Species: Phalacrocorax carbo (Great Cormorant)

John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > Hong Kong > Cormorant Flying By

More Birds
Those tall white birds (black legs, yellow bill) are great egrets. The smaller black and white birds are White-breasted waterhen.
Species: Ardea alba (Great Egret)

John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > Hong Kong > More Birds

Black Face Spoonbill
Everybody is excited about this bird because there is only a few thousand of them left in the world and only a few hundred come to Hong Kong. There was a flock of about 30 of them in a larger pond and a few individuals wading.
Species: Platalea minor (Black-faced Spoonbill)

John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > Hong Kong 9 > Black Face Spoonbill

Flock Of Black Tailed Godwit
I was really hurting for light - 1/25th of a second really isn't enough to take a photo of a bird, ignoring that it's through an 800mm lens.
Species: Limosa limosa melanuroides (Asian black-tailed godwit)

John Harvey Photo > Hong Kong 10 > Flock Of Black Tailed Godwit

Great Egret In Breeding Colours
That bit of their face mask goes blue and their beak goes black in breeding season.
Species: Ardea alba (Great Egret)

John Harvey Photo > Hong Kong 10 > Great Egret In Breeding Colours

Eurasian Curlew And Marsh Sandpiper
The Eurasian Curlew is the much larger bird on the left with the crazy long beak. The two Marsh Sandpiper appear to be sleeping.
Species: Numenius arquata (Eurasian Curlew), Tringa stagnatilis (Marsh Sandpiper)

John Harvey Photo > Hong Kong 10 > Eurasian Curlew And Marsh Sandpiper

Dusky Warbler In Intertidal
I was sitting in the blind watching the sea birds when this little guy came out of the bushes and played on the beach. He wasn't there very long and then back in the bushes. I already had my 400 out on a tripod so I was able to capture a photo.
Species: Phylloscopus fuscatus (Dusky warbler)

John Harvey Photo > Hong Kong 10 > Dusky Warbler In Intertidal

Osprey Eating Fish
I almost didn't see this bird - you would need a crazy large lens to actually get a decent photo. Given that Osprey's exist world wide, you would think I would eventually get a good photo of one of these.
Species: Pandion haliaetus (Osprey)

John Harvey Photo > Hong Kong 10 > Osprey Eating Fish

Pied Avocet On One Leg
These birds were the main event - there we hundreds of them in deep bay.
Species: Recurvirostra avosetta (Pied Avocet)

John Harvey Photo > Hong Kong 10 > Pied Avocet On One Leg

Pair Of Pied Avocet
Pair Of Pied Avocet
Species: Recurvirostra avosetta (Pied Avocet)

John Harvey Photo > Hong Kong 10 > Pair Of Pied Avocet

Black Winged Stilts Sleeping
These birds are quite tall - they seem to be napping quite low in the water.
Species: Himantopus himantopus (Black-winged Stilt)

John Harvey Photo > Hong Kong 10 > Black Winged Stilts Sleeping

White Throated Kingfisher In Mangroves
This kingfisher was larger than I thought it would be - more like our belted kingfishers rather than the smaller common kingfishers.
Species: Halcyon smyrnensis (White-throated Kingfisher)

John Harvey Photo > Hong Kong 10 > White Throated Kingfisher In Mangroves

Little Egret On Floating Boardwalk
This guy is starting to change to breeding colours. The bit of skin around his face is changing from yellow to green.
Species: Egretta garzetta (Little Egret)

John Harvey Photo > Hong Kong 10 > Little Egret On Floating Boardwalk

False Tiger Moth
I have seen these moths on my last few visit - they are large, brightly coloured and active during the day. I had tried taking photos while they were in flight, but they are so active I always failed. This trip I tried harder to find them on plants and had some luck!
Species: Dysphania militaris (False Tiger Moth)

John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > Hong Kong 11 > False Tiger Moth

Red-Base Jezebel
When your 100mm lens gets close enough to really see a butterfly, it is really close to the butterfly. Often the butterfly just flies away well before you get that close. This individual was really patient.
Species: Delias pasithoe (redbase Jezebel)

John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > Hong Kong 11 > Red-Base Jezebel

Collared Crows
There were four birds in this little flock. The flew through stopping at places looking for food. They didn't stay for very long.
Species: Corvus torquatus (Collared Crow)

John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > Hong Kong 11 > Collared Crows

Immature Greater Coucal
I've seen this species on most visits to Mai Po - usually startled in a tree flying away. It's large (larger than a crow) and really doesn't sit around for picture taking. This individual showed up in the closest mangrove, took one look around and promptly headed back into the mangroves. This is a poor photo, but I wanted a record that I at least saw it once.
Species: Centropus sinensis (Greater Coucal)

John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > Hong Kong 11 > Immature Greater Coucal

Oriental Magpie-Robin
These birds would come and go. They aren't setup well for feeding in the mud, but that didn't stop them for getting a meal.
Species: Copsychus saularis (Oriental Magpie-Robin)

John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > Hong Kong 11 > Oriental Magpie-Robin

White Wagtail Leucopsis
On two different occasions I saw this species show up at the foreshore.
Species: Motacilla alba leucopsis (White-faced Wagtail)

John Harvey Photo > Trips out of the Country > Hong Kong 11 > White Wagtail Leucopsis

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