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 Post subject: Re: Lamma's top 10 birds
PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 3:06 pm 
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Koel's calling on Monday and Tuesday, anyone else heard any so far?

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 Post subject: Re: Lamma's top 10 birds
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:11 am 
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Nice shot of the Scaly Thrush (sometimes known as White's Thrush). They are shy and keep out of sight most of the time.

The koels do occasionally call, especially just after dawn, when the temperature goes up a bit, even during the winter. The eagerly awaited non-stop koelathon should start around March.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 12:18 pm 
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Another fantastic shot by Howard! The One That Got Away from the Common Kingfisher:


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 Post subject: Re: Lamma's top 10 birds
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I agree - fantastic action shot. It's actually a white-breasted kingfisher, rather larger than the common kingfisher with a different colour pattern. We are lucky enough to have three species of kingfisher on Lamma - these two are the most often seen, but there are occasional sightings of the black-capped kingfisher also.


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Four.... Pied Kingfisher hangs out around the ferry Pier & the pagoda near the stilted Fisherman village..very nice shot


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 Post subject: Re: Lamma's top 10 birds
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I've never seen a pied kingfisher here, but I'm happy to add that one to the list


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Anyone Lost a Parakeet?

Spotted a noisy parakeet near the Tennis Courts this evening. Didn't have time to chase him down for a positive ID, but I'm going to go out on a limb and guess he's a Red-Breasted Parakeet. Might be trailing part of a chain from his left foot. Here's my (very-grainy-point-and-shoot) photographic evidence:


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 Post subject: Bulbul
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Bulbul picks - the files are too big to paste here:

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No photos, but am seeing a lot of bird life around my little "farm"... drongos, crested mynahs, Waterhen, Starlings, Long-tailed Shrike... coupla weeks ago even had some sort of Tern flying over regularly at 09:00 every day... think the Indain Cuckoo has finally moved on


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Sunrise shots

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 Post subject: Re: Lamma's top 10 birds
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Latest shot by master wildlife photographer Howard Sheard of the HK School of Photography. He writes:

"Sometimes they come too close to fit everything in the frame.
Don't think I could have zoomed fast enough. It appeared in a gap through the trees and was gone. My first shot missed focus and this was the second and last. It did swing around again but further away, the 560mm would have been handy there."


Geoff Smith: "And that was the last we heard of Howard..."

Tracey Sheard: "He's alive and kicking, Geoff !!! Albeit a little slowly..."


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 Post subject: Re: Lamma's top 10 birds
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Quite a few hair-crested drongos arriving these days. I had seven in the trees near my rooftop this morning


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Just seen a female Plumbeous Redstart near the "stream" next to the clinic.

Went home to get my camera and came back without the memory card in it so no photo unfortunately.


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 Post subject: Re: Lamma's top 10 birds
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Great! I've sometimes wondered if any would make it to Lamma, but never seen on here so far. Yes, a picture would be great (not saying I don't believe you, you understand...)


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 Post subject: Re: Lamma's top 10 birds
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Hahaha, I can show you phone camera pics that I'd be embarrassed to post but I think would be enough to confirm due to the distinctive white tail flick.
Interestingly when my wife came home she very accurately described a hoopoe to me in the valley by the hill to tai peng so there's something else I want to see now.


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 Post subject: Re: Lamma's top 10 birds
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The phone pics sound useful - they are valued by birdwatchers as 'record shots' i.e. it is clearly understood that due to the circumstances the photo is not a good one but it is still nevertheless very useful as a record of what was seen. Record shots of rare species are always welcome


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Was back again today. This time I was ready :D


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Here's a record shot of my own. Right at the top end of the 30x digital zoom on my compact but there is no doubt about its identity


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Wildlife Photo of the Week:

White Egrets ~ by Howard Sheard:

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 Post subject: Re: Lamma's top 10 birds
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Good to get a shot of the Hoopoe.

I've seen it twice now feeding on the ground in the patch of grass on the left as you walk towards the village coming down the hill from Tai Peng. Opposite where they have started building (both times near the basket on its side).

I should start carrying a camera - my phone can't cut it


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