Forest of the porcupines

It was a sunny afternoon at Tai Po Kau, quiet in terms of both birds and visitors. Great Barbets were calling, but as usual remained well out of sight in the treetops. Among the more active birds were Yellow-crested Tits and Velvet-fronted Nuthatches, both introduced species which are established in and around the nature reserve. Orange-bellied Leafbirds and Fork-tailed Sunbirds were feeding on the the Rhodoeleia blossoms.

I took the short cut across the stream to the Red Walk, leading to the scenic Blue Walk loop as recommended by David Diskin in his invaluable guidebook, Hong Kong Nature Walks: the New Territories. As usual, David's recommendation was spot-on. Soon after embarking on the less-travelled Blue Walk, I encountered a 'bird wave' including Huet's Fulvettas, Grey-Chinned Minivets and various unidentified leaf warblers. While I was attempting to photograph the phylloscopi for further research, two East Asian Porcupines came ambling onto the path, intending to cross it at exactly the spot where I was crouched. They were larger than I had imagined - especially at a range of around 3 feet - and I got as much of a shock as they did, stopping dead in their tracks before trundling off into the forest.

Posted by stephenmatthews stephenmatthews, February 25, 2022 11:48 AM

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What

Yellow-cheeked Tit (Machlolophus spilonotus)

Observer

stephenmatthews

Date

February 25, 2022 02:25 PM HKT

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What

Orange-bellied Leafbird (Chloropsis hardwickii)

Observer

stephenmatthews

Date

February 25, 2022 02:49 PM HKT

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What

East Asian Porcupine (Hystrix brachyura)

Observer

stephenmatthews

Date

February 25, 2022 01:44 PM HKT

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