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Monday, 30 January 2012

Get Up Close and Personal With The Waders (2)---Marsh Sandpiper

Like the Pied Avocet, the Marsh Sandpiper is another species that takes advantage of the warm winter in Hong Kong.

Unlike the Pied Avocet, the Marsh Sandpipper has a fine and needle-like thin bill with a white “eyebrow” above the eye. 

They are often seen wading in shallow water, 

as well as mudflats,

looking for small aquatic insects. 

Occasionally, they even dip their head in the water for a quick catch.

   The fact that the appearance of Marsh Sandpiper is very similar to the Common Greenshank makes it very hard to distinguish these two species. A correction would be appreciated if there has been a case of mistaken identity. 

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Get Up Close and Personal With The Waders (1)---Pied Avocet

Each year, thousands of Pied Avocets come to Hong Kong and spend the winter in Mai Po Nature Reserve.

When  the tide is low, sometimes they get really close to the Birdhides on the mudflats while searching for food. 

Occasionally, some of them get carried away feeding right underneath my nose.

It is a privilege to be able to watch these beautiful birds so closely, and it always makes my day.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

A Fishing Egret

  Little Egrets are often seen hunting in mudflats and wetlands in Hong Kong. However, recently I saw a Little Egret fishing in the sea from a small boat.

   It reminded me of a lonely fisherman. 

   The Little Egret was standing patiently on the boat for ages before catching a small fish.