Birding Kowloon Park, Hong Kong

Birding Kowloon Park, Hong Kong

When:  July 2017                      Weather :  Hot  28C

Nikon P900,  Leica Q

My travels took me to HK on this occasion for a 3 day meeting and the only time I could squeeze out for some birding was at 6am at daybreak for an hour.  Fortunately, Kowloon Park was but a few hundred meters from the Langham Hotel where I stayed.  At 6am, the weather was muggy and steamily hot…

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daybreak in Hk in summer

 

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I walked to the Haiphong Road, the south entrance to Kowloon Park

 

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the first and most common bird was the red whiskered bulbul

 

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and here a pair…singing merrily

 

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Spotted dove

 

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juvenile spotted dove?

 

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Alexandrine parakeets were plentiful

 

 

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close up of Alexandrine parakeet

 

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Kowloon Park is just adjacent to many of the tall buildings in Tsim Sha Tsui

 

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A magpie robin with breakfast

 

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wagtail

 

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And then this interesting fellow appeared

 

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a black collared starling

 

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a pair of black collared starlings

 

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juvenile tree sparrow

 

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There is a pond in the middle of the park with flamingos

 

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Greater flamingo

 

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black necked swan

 

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Hawaiian geese

 

And right in the middle of the park is a small aviary where some rather more exotic and unusual birds from Asia were housed.  Although I notmally would not visit an aviary preferring to see birds in their natural habitat, I had a quick look at it…

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The hard to spot Argus pheasant was one of the unusual birds that I had tried to spot on a previous visit to Panti and Bekok in malaysia….

 

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The Pied Imperial Pigeon which I had only seen once previously in Redang Island Malaysia…

 

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A Tarictic Hornbill from the Philippines

 

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A rhinoceros hornbill which I had seen from a distance in Bukit Tinggi Malaysia

 

So whilst Kowloon Park didn’t yield any lifers, it was nevertheless a nice place to spend an hour for any birders new to the region.  Birding in the hot HK summer doesn’t yield much but it’s still not bad…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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