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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Pretty Tree Birds

The cooler weather and reduced food resources make our resident birds a lot more active these days. Although most of the birds are common residents here, they always give me a great pleasure to watch.  

The good looking Azure-winged Magpie is one of my favourites. 

Plain Prinia can always be seen and heard in the grassland, 

as well as on fruit trees.

The Scaly-breasted Munia 

and the White-rumped Munia are regular visitors of the grass field too.

The Oriental Magpie Robins are abundant and the male

is slightly more elegant looking than the female. 

The pretty Japanese White-eye, on the other hand, is rarely found on the ground. Being a very sociable bird, it is often seen in flocks.   

The winter migrants are plentiful too. The tiny long distance traveler Yellow-browed Warbler is everywhere but very difficult to photograph as it is extremely active.  

The Black-browed Reed Warbler is much bigger in size and related to the Eurasian Reed Warbler.

This is the first time I have spotted this Pied Wheatear who posed long enough for me to take a couple of shots.

  The sighting of the colourful Daurian Redstart makes the recent dull winter days more bearable. 

The Christmas holiday season is coming and I wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thank you for your kind support and interest in Hong Kong wildlife stories.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Happy Meal----Marsh Sandpiper

Marsh Sandpipers are wintering birds in Hong Kong and regular visitors on the mudflats. I was watching them feeding the other day and could not help feeling sorry for the mudskippers.