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Saturday, 17 November 2012

Migrating Birds Are Coming~


The annual arrival of migrating birds has begun in the Mai Po Nature Reserve.

The wintering birds such as cormorants, egrets and herons are plenty. 







The precious Black-faced Spoonbills, an endangered species whose population is under 3000 world wide, are always welcome visitors to Hong Kong. 




This Oriental Stork, another endangered species (a population of a couple of thousand) , has been in Mai Po since the summer according to a fellow HK blogger’s report (http://johnjemi.blogspot.hk/2012/07/oriental-stork-at-mai-po.html). 



The appearance of the Oriental Stork is similar to the European White Stork but larger with a black bill. Here it is with a Grey Heron to indicate its relative size. 




This bird feels at home in the reserve and certainly doesn’t want to share with anyone else.




The Grey herons, on the other hand,  are keeping a close eye on the fish in the mangroves. 










22 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Wow, fantastic series on your migrating birds. The stork and spoonbill are really cool birds. Awesome photos!

Herman versteeg said...

wat een geweldige serie is dit.
groetjes Herman,

Giga said...

Cudowny jest widok tak dużej ilości ptaków siedzących na drzewach. Czapla szara jest śliczna i dobry z niej łowczy. Dzięki za Świetne zdjęcia i pozdrawiam.
It is wonderful to see so much of birds sit on trees. Gray heron is beautiful and good catching it. Thanks for the great photos and best regards.

Bob Bushell said...

Beauty to see the Spoonbills, and the Heron filling its neck. Fantastic photos, all of them.

Magia da Inês said...

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As paisagens são belas, imagino como deve ser fantástico ver essas aves chegando!...
Bom fim de semana, amigo!
Beijinhos.
Brasil.
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✿ °•.¸

✿ chica said...

São lindas essas revoadas deles;Lindas fotos! abraços,chica

TexWisGirl said...

what a great place and such a bevy of birds! love the shots of the spoonbills, stork and gray heron!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Can't believe he swallowed the whole fish! The comparison really showed how large the stork was. Wonderful series.

nic.b van es said...

prachtig en dan het moment van de visvangstis geweldig

Isidro Ortiz said...

Bonitas capturas de estas aves.Saludos

john said...

You are fortunate to have such a beautiful nature reserve near you. I just love mangroves.
The spoonbills, and especially the Oriental Stork are just great. Also great heron photos.

Danielle v/d Horst said...

Een mooie serie heel goed gedaan lieve groetjes Danielle

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of the Stork, the heron with fish I love.
Have a nice Sunday.

Choy Wai Mun said...

Mai Po is truly a fantastic place. Great set of images by the way.

Rohrerbot said...

You are awesome!!! Thank you for sharing these. There are not many bloggers from your part of the world who show off all this bird stuff. This is a place I definitely would love to see. And your pics are fab. Plus I learned about a new bird today....so thank you!

Maria said...

I like all of these shots, particularly the ones of the ponds withe birds congregated. Those herons are very capable eaters!

fotonita said...

Nice to see a different side og HK! I have been in HK many times, but never at this place!

Thank you for comment in my blog!
Have a nice new week! ; )

Roger said...

Beautiful images, some of which are impressive. Bravo for the report and cordially

Helma said...


Hello Friend or KH,

you have another great series put down. Cormorants, herons Blue and White herons and storks.

Great that white herons in the trees. The piscivorous heron I love!

Sincerely, Helma




Dominic Gendron said...

Great serie, this looks like a great place for bird photography! The heron in those last images as a great catch! Congrats on this nice serie ;)

Joke (Jokes Camera) said...

Wow, what a fantastic series. Lucky you to have all these migratory birds there. We are very happy to see only one Great Egret. Beautiful pictures. Greetings, Joke

Cindy said...

Another stunning blog post! Great Heron series..and interesting to see the endangered birds..Hope they will be OK!