Hong Kong Park Birding
When: August 2018 Weather: Hot, muggy 28C
Leica M240 35mm summilux and Nikon P900
It’s always nice when the hotel I’m staying in is close to a park….in this case the Upper House Hotel in Pacific Place which is just a ten minute walk from Hong Kong Park, a green lung with an aviary, manmade lake and manicured gardens. Daybreak at 630am saw me entering the park from Supreme Court Lane….
The entrance to Hong Kong Park, opposite the Shangri-La Hotel
The Bank of China Building gleamed in the morning sun
a loud noise overhead attracted my gaze
a lovely red billed blue magpie
HK is said to be home to the largest number of endangered yellow crested cockatoos which are the smaller form of the common sulphur crested cockatoo…
From my hotel room , I could see many of these white cockatoos flying and screeching loudly
Most common bird in the park was the red whiskered bulbul
here flashing its red vent….
another red whiskered bulbul in browner plumage
The rain lilies were resplendent
and the artificial lake was peaceful
with numerous Koi cruising
the giant water lilies
even a common Eurasian tree sparrow looks quite attractive when feeding on these flowers
and loads of pretty butterflies
and just as I thought the morning’s ramble was going to end up being a very ordinary one, this lovely blue whistling thrush perched right next to me
catching the sunlight, its glowing blue violet coloration was striking
and then a few brown birds with black faces appeared
a masked laughing thrush…a lifer for me the morning was getting better!
another red whiskered bulbul
spotted dove sporting the same shade of red as the roof…..
and just before I left, this black collared starling hopped around on the ground
He’d found his breakfast…..an enormous earthworm!
After toying with it for a while….
he finally downed it
by about 830am the sun was up and time to go
If you are staying at any of the hotels like Island ShangriLa, JW Marriott or Upper House, the Hong Kong Park is easily accessible and well worth an early morning walk. Recommended
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