Journal archives for March 2022

March 07, 2022

Barbet time at Tai Po Kau

The Great Barbet is resident at Tai Po Kau and other montane forest areas in the New Territories. David Diskin notes that 'it may take many visits before you actually see the species even though you may hear it regularly'. Which is quite a British understatement: it took me about 20 visits to see one. The best opportunity is in spring when they at their most vocal. On March 7, 2022 their calls could be heard throughout the valley and at least four perched prominently in bare branches above the Outdoor Education Centre. In addition to its usual "coo-ee" call, one produced a rasping 'karr!'

Also prominent were the resident Crested Serpent Eagles, calling in flight over the valley, while one looked down disdainfully at the assembled photographers from a favoured perch.

Posted on March 07, 2022 12:06 PM by stephenmatthews stephenmatthews | 2 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

March 26, 2022

The Ho Man Tin Playground

Whatever its attractions as a children's playground, the Ma Tau Wai Reservoir Playground in Ho Man Tin is certainly a playground for birders and bird photographers. A small green oasis perched above the urban Kowloon peninsula, it is evidently on the migration route for several species.
In spring the main attraction involves the migrating flycatchers, and the colourful males in particular. A male Blue-and-White Flycatcher was drawing crowds this morning, while a drab female was not getting so much attention. This species passes through Hong Kong regularly on spring passage: after wintering in Southeast Asia, they migrate up the coast to breed in Northeastern China, Siberia, Korea and Japan.

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Posted on March 26, 2022 05:28 AM by stephenmatthews stephenmatthews | 2 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment