Hong Kong Park Birding

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….

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The entrance to Hong Kong Park, opposite the Shangri-La Hotel

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The Bank of China Building gleamed in the morning sun

 

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a loud noise overhead attracted my gaze

 

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a lovely red billed blue magpie

 

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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…

 

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From my hotel room , I could see many of these white cockatoos flying and screeching loudly

 

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Most common bird in the park was the red whiskered bulbul

 

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here flashing its red vent….

 

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another red whiskered bulbul in browner plumage

 

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The rain lilies were resplendent

 

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and the artificial lake was peaceful

 

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with numerous Koi cruising

 

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the giant water lilies

 

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even a common Eurasian tree sparrow looks quite attractive when feeding on these flowers

 

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and loads of pretty butterflies

 

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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

 

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catching the sunlight, its glowing blue violet coloration was striking

 

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and then a few brown birds with black faces appeared

 

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a masked laughing thrush…a lifer for me the morning was getting better!

 

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another red whiskered bulbul

 

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spotted dove sporting the same shade of red as the roof…..

 

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and just before I left, this black collared starling hopped around on the ground

 

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He’d found his breakfast…..an enormous earthworm!

 

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After toying with it for a while….

 

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he finally downed it

 

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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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