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  1. J

    Booted/Sykes' Warbler in Hong Kong

    I would be interested in feedback on this warbler, photographed in Hong Kong yesterday (14th October): http://www.hkbws.org.hk/BBS/viewthread.php?tid=27668 (note that these are not my photos, but posted by a photographer who was on site). I saw the bird in the field and identified it at the...
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    Possible alba Great Egret, Hong Kong

    I found this bird today in Hong Kong. I am wondering whether it may be an alba Great Egret and would appreciate any feedback about how to separate this from modesta. There are no previous confirmed records of alba in Hong Kong so this is potentially a significant record here! Conveniently the...
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    Riparia martins from Lake Baikal, Russia

    I have just got back from a trip to Lake Baikal, Russia. One of the sites visited was the Selenga delta flowing into the eastern side of the lake. There were huge numbers of Riparia martins (estimated up to 1,000 on 8th & 9th August) around the accommodation we were staying in, but I'm confused...
  4. J

    Hybrid duck (Shoveler x Garganey?), Hong Kong

    I found this duck today at Mai Po NR, Hong Kong. It was associating with (Northern) Shovelers and a female Garganey. It seems to be a hybrid. The plumage shows some resemblance to Northern Shoveler, and I think that must be one parent. I suspect the other parent may be Garganey, based on: -...
  5. J

    Cuculus cuckoo in Hong Kong

    I would be interested in any feedback people may have about the ID of this Cuculus cuckoo, seen today in Hong Kong. I'm fairly happy that Indian and Lesser Cuckoo can be ruled out based on underpart pattern and tail pattern. I don't think it's Common Cuckoo based on the darker upperparts...
  6. J

    Phylloscopus in Hong Kong

    I'd be interested to hear opinions about this Phylloscopus warbler seen yesterday (18 Dec 2015) in Hong Kong. Key features: - Rather weak single wingbar on outer greater coverts, involving 3 or 4 feathers. No wingbar visible on the median coverts. - No central crown stripe. - Lower mandible...
  7. J

    Unidentified Calidris in Hong Kong

    The attached photos were taken recently at Mai Po in Hong Kong. The bird is clearly a Calidris, but I have not been certain about the ID. Although these are not my photos, I have also seen the bird (on April 11th and 19th) and have been given permission to post the photos here to help establish...
  8. J

    Mysterious passerine, Hong Kong

    This bird (http://www.hkbws.org.hk/BBS/redirect.php?tid=22328&goto=lastpost#lastpost) photographed recently (7th Dec) in Hong Kong currently has everyone stumped regarding ID. The combination of features (particularly structure and dark ear coverts) doesn't seem to fully fit any regularly...
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    Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hong Kong

    In response to Mike's year list for Ng Tung Chai, I thought I might try one for myself in another part of Hong Kong. I am lucky enough to work at Mai Po Nature Reserve, so I actually have the opportunity not only to bird the site before or after work, but actually during work as well! Given the...
  10. J

    Colour-ringed White-shouldered Starlings

    As part of a long-term monitoring project of White-shouldered Starlings breeding in Hong Kong, we have been colour-ringing individuals of this species. A few have been ringed in each year since 2006. This year, however, we have considerably increased effort (helped by the provision of more...