Birding the Shenzhen Mangroves

Perhaps the most interesting part of Shenzhen for the naturalists is the Futian Mangrove Ecological Park. As far as birds are concerned this is part of Deep Bay and effectively an extension of Mai Po. Surprisingly perhaps, once can get closer to the mudflats here than at Mai Po (unless one has access to the hides in the restricted area, that is). Beginning at the Shenzhen Bay Park metro station (深圳湾公园站), the park juts out into the bay. At the southeastern corner of the park, the sea wall abruptly turns a corner and the mangroves begin in earnest. At this point, it is possible to use the mangroves as a hide to observe birds on the mudflats. Shortly before or after high tide, shorebirds forage quite close inshore, especially at migration times. On September 28th there were black-tailed godwits, curlews, spotted redshanks, greenshanks, common and marsh sandpipers as well as hundreds of avocets, stilts, egrets and herons.
Among the mangroves are whiteyes, dusky warblers, red-billed starlings and white-throated kingfishers. Meanwhile, there are some interesting birds to be found in the inland areas of the park, such as plaintive cuckoos and speckled piculets.

Note: some caution is needed in negotiating the mangroves, where the ground varies between sand and mud, and even the stepping stones can prove unstable!

Posted by stephenmatthews stephenmatthews, September 29, 2019 07:58 AM

Observations

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What

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

Observer

stephenmatthews

Photos / Sounds

What

Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata)

Observer

stephenmatthews

Date

September 28, 2019 02:21 PM HKT

Photos / Sounds

What

Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)

Observer

stephenmatthews

Date

September 28, 2019 03:13 PM HKT

Photos / Sounds

What

Archibebe Fino (Tringa stagnatilis)

Observer

stephenmatthews

Date

September 28, 2019 02:09 PM HKT

Description

Two marsh sandpipers (out of a group of about 15) with a spotted redshank (left).

Comments

yes, birdwatching in Shenzhen bay is interesting, except the noise and the quality of the seawater... thanks for your sharing, welcome to my city again.

Posted by emanon over 1 year ago (Flag)

Thank you, I am looking forward to visiting Shenzhen again! Since writing this piece, I have discovered other interesting places for birds such as Honghu Park, 洪湖公园. Next time I hope to visit Shenzhen Fairy Lake Botanical Garden, 深圳仙湖植物园

Posted by stephenmatthews over 1 year ago (Flag)

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