Year of the Chinese Sparrowhawk

2022 has been a good year for spring passage of both Grey-faced Buzzard and Chinese Sparrowhawk, with large numbers passing over outlying islands such as Po Toi and Lantau. Even so, I was not expecting to see either hawk in the local park at Kowloon Tsai. Yet on April 7 a Grey-faced Buzzard was soaring overhead on its way north. Today it was the turn of the Chinese Sparrowhawk. The reason I noticed it is worth recording. I was photographing a koel for the sake of the City Nature Challenge when it emitted an unusual alarm call - more of an alarm shriek, in fact. At that moment a hawk flew past with black wing tips suggestive of a Chinese Sparrowhawk. It then perched just long enough to allow itself to be photographed before moving on. The photos show the distinctive red 'cere' like a wax seal above the beak.

Posted by stephenmatthews stephenmatthews, May 01, 2022 11:05 AM

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)

Observer

stephenmatthews

Date

May 1, 2022 04:41 PM HKT

Photos / Sounds

What

Chinese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloensis)

Observer

stephenmatthews

Date

May 1, 2022 04:42 PM HKT

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