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  1. MKinHK

    Planning a Summer Trip: Dali (Yunnan) and Sichuan input wanted!

    If you want a really cool adventure - there's always the Valley of the Cats in Qinghai where you have a great chance of seeing Snow Leopard! Valley of the Cats 大猫谷
  2. MKinHK

    Birds fae Torry

    Cracking shot of the Meadow Pipit!
  3. MKinHK

    Planning a Summer Trip: Dali (Yunnan) and Sichuan input wanted!

    Chengdu in summer would be baking hot! It's not high elevation and sits in a ring of mountains, so it slowly cooks! You would need to get out to the higher elevations of Wolong / BalangShan / Siguniang Shan to find cooler weather. Emei Shan in summer has a nice variety of birds, but is...
  4. MKinHK

    Birding in Southern Tuscany and thereabouts

    Sounds like you're having a terrific spring - and thanks for posting some cracking photos. Interesting the so many birds are using the lake despite the change in management.
  5. MKinHK

    Year Two, Birding in the Pandemic, Lithuania et al.

    Sounds absolutely magnificent Jos
  6. MKinHK

    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Great stuff Owen - that family of Hoopoes is truly special! Delighted to hear your wife ha been bitten by the birding bug - hopefully that means more birding and less non-birder expectation management for you! Cheers Mike
  7. MKinHK

    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    Whiskered and White-winged Terns The big show-offs of April are the Whiskered and White-winged Terns. Very often hey focus their attention on a particular pond which means they give absolutely breathtaking views and they fly their feeding circuits, coming right up to or even over the edge of...
  8. MKinHK

    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    Resident birds at San Tin Many thanks for all the kind comments. I continue to cower on my sofa from the heat of a blistering May, but do have some shots of the commoner resident birds which i have not previously posted here. First up, this newly fledged Plain Prinia jumped up right next me to...
  9. MKinHK

    Year Two, Birding in the Pandemic, Lithuania et al.

    The title sounded like a wicked witch's breakfast. The text is somewhat better!
  10. MKinHK

    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    Spring waders A major feature of April is the wader passage that drops onto the drained ponds and feeds up for a few days before heading north. I was disappointed to miss out on the Pectoral Sandpiper that appeared a couple of times and spent more time lurking out of sight...
  11. MKinHK

    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    I'm long overdue post on the spring migration birding at San Tin covering basically all of April. The best of the action was in the good numbers of scarcer migrants on 5th April which were headlined by a wonderful flock of 22 Blue-tailed Bee-eaters that dropped onto some wires in the northeast...
  12. MKinHK

    Expanding Breeding Ranges of European and Asian Birds

    Silver Oriole are a very thinly distributed species with known sites in the mountains of northern Guangdong west to southern Sichuan. I don't know how many sites there are, but they're not easy anywhere. Cheers Mike
  13. MKinHK

    Common Cranes in Ireland

    Very nice to see that what we screw up we can also help to fix.
  14. MKinHK

    Scotland 2021

    Great stuff Paul! Loved the Golden Plover pix, and the idea of that view with that hot tub might even tempt my cold-averse wife to the wilds of Scotland! My personal highlight was however the accident with the fudge. I can just see you going all Marie Antoinette and mumbling "let them eat...
  15. MKinHK

    Expanding Breeding Ranges of European and Asian Birds

    There has been an exciting increase in the diversity of breeding forest birds in Hong Kong in the last 90 years - 47 to be exact! This is astonishing to me for both the number of species that have returned, and that Hong Kong had adequate records to document this change ever since the 1920s...
  16. MKinHK

    Panjin Birding by the Old Fat Man

    Some of the crown jewels of the East China flyway there Owen - great stuff!
  17. MKinHK

    Year Two, Birding in the Pandemic, Lithuania et al.

    A fabulous set of breeding species Jos! Do you have a data set in the change in breeding species since you started working on your land to make it more birdy? Cheers Mike
  18. MKinHK

    Ng Tung Chai, Hong Kong

    Thanks for the feedback Owen. Our views are rather similar. I see plenty of stunning pix of hard to capture forest birds which are either meal-wormed or taped in and It doesn't sit quite right. For me, to get a pic of a wren babbler or other skulker without the taping is really a worthy ques -...
  19. MKinHK

    Ng Tung Chai, Hong Kong

    A tantalising visit to Ng Tung Chai on 25th April produced frustratingly brief views of one of my best birds of the spring - a male Siberian Thrush that lurked briefly in fruiting tree with three or four Eye-browed Thrushes. There was little else in the way of migrants but I...
  20. MKinHK

    Sony RX10iii for birding/wildlife

    Many thanks Robert! I've been having more success with the settings suggested by Richard de Gouveia (see link above) which has significantly increased my enjoyment of my bird photography in recent months. Most recently, a friendly Pacific Reef Egret rounded off a mostly quiet day as it...
  21. MKinHK

    Birding in Southern Tuscany and thereabouts

    Many thanks for posting these. They provide a great context for understanding the landscape you're birding in. Cheers Mike
  22. MKinHK

    Hong Kong birding

    Thank you! But wait, there's more! I 'm really more of a birder than a photographer, but this outstanding opportunity to get close to a bird performing superbly was just too good to pass up. It also justified my approach that photography offers the potential to liven up an otherwise quiet day...
  23. MKinHK

    San Tin Fishponds (and beyond), Hong Kong

    Hi Tom I added the the pdf to post 171, so you should find it if you scroll back a little. Cheers Mike
  24. MKinHK

    Capers in the Scottish Highlands 26 April - 1 May 2021

    Sounds like a terrific trip Nick - loads of quality and a typically readable write-up. I was last up that way the week I finished school in 1989 and missed on a whole load of birds - all of which you got! I especially envy you the Capers, the WB Divers, and the Golden Eagle which I dipped at...
  25. MKinHK

    Hawaii 2021 - Adventures and Misadventures

    A nice report as ever. Very impressed with the Palila and the downtown Honolulu White Terns. Cheers Mike
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