Wetland Park

HK Wetland Park

Hong Kong, does not seem like a very good place to go bird watching, it is a mega city. But there are quite a few places where birds can be easily seen.

From out apartment we regularly see the Eagles and Raptors in the afternoon - rising on the thermals as they circle "The Peak".

We however, wanted to see some other things a little closer.

Getting there

We nearly went to China ! Err... Ok we sort of are in China (it is a difficult subject here);

Let me try again - we nearly went to the mainland border point to, get to the Wetland park.

The excellent Hong Kong bus system, meant we took a bus 24 kms - followed by a 10 minute walk. The trip was supposed to be bit of a sightseeing opportunity, however my camera for some reason started messing around. Which took about 20 minutes of diagnosis - before it decided to resume normal service.

The birds

This looks like a common English-garden bird. So for the moment I will keep it as this.

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Hides

Around the Wetland park, there were about 4-5 hides. Not the UK single level - some there 3 levels tall. With the top level being fully glassed, but lower layers having ample benches and viewpoints.

Here we see a Great Heron trying to creep up on their breakfast.

Shovel-nosed Duck (Northern Shoveler)

I can not remember seeing one of these before - but on the river fore-shore they were quite plentiful.

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White-backed stilt

Another new one to have seen in real life, the legs and the colours make this species quite easy to recognize.

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Common Sandpiper

Looking slightly ruffled...

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Great Cormorant

Amazingly widespread birds, which I have seen almost over the world. The fact their plumage needs regular drying, unlike most fowl - yet they remain a thriving species; They must be amazing underwater hunting for fish.

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Blackfaced Spoonbill

Another new sighting ! What a strange looking bird. They were initially grouped in some white egrets (and I missed them). Dora fortunately with some Binoculars asked for a check on them.

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Pied Avocet

I could not identify these birds, and had to ask one of the rangers. Unfortunately they did not show us their very distinctive beaks ... which would have made their identification much easier.

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Others ...

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Until the next time

Enjoying HK....