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And would this be a Chinese Thrush (Turdus mupinensis) ?

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No, olive-backed pipit, Anthus hodgsoni, otherwise known as Indian tree pipit - there are usually quite a few around in the winter.


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Thanks very muchly

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Sorry, forgot to mention you have won 10 points towards a magnificent bottle of red wine.

& as I have yr attention, perhaps you (or anyone) can identify this bird?

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Japanese white-eye - tiny little birds quite common all the year round in small flocks flitting from treetop to treetop. The old HK guys seem to like them as cage birds too, so if you can catch one, you can put on a dirty old vest and pair of baggy shorts and trainers and take it for a walk down to yam cha in the mornings.


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Another 10 points for Zep toward the magnificent bottle of red wine.

Thanks yr dress tips but I'm already there, 10 points points for the suggestion though - brings you up to 30 points (I think) - yr getting there!!

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Sorry Zep, forgot the swallow - therefore you have 40 points.

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Ok cleverclogs - is this one of yr juvenile black capped jobs?

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Or what is this?
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That looks like the greater coucal, often heard but seldom seen.


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T'is indeed the Greater Coucal (Centropus sinensis).
Difficult to photograph because they are very skittish - however they have set patterns of behaviour - are generally seen on the ground or jumping from branch to branch - if you lay in wait along their "trail" at reasonably constant times of day you can usually get off a couple of photos.
Trouble is they hang out in reasonably dense undergrowth for the most part & difficult to get a clear shot.

So that's 10 points to the Ageing Bimbo towards a magnificent bottle of red wine - only 90 points to go

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And this?
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So is this the Chinese Thrush (Turdus mupinensis) ?

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Er, actually no. The species you mention does not occur in Hong Kong, but is found further north and west in China. The picture is of a Japanese or Grey thrush - very small and occurring in winters in small numbers. It's extremely hard to get a shot of them as they are very wary and spend their time scratching around in the leaf litter.

By the way, there are a lot of hair-crested drongos around at the moment, feeding on the red coral tree flowers near the top of Heart Attack Hill. THose are very tricky to shoot too, as the light always seems to be behind them.


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Er well I guess I'm going to have to import one of the damned Chinese Thrush to get it right at least once.

Re the Hair Crested Drongos, does this mean you're taking bookings for photographs? If so, what is a good time to view?

& BTW if you want to see some really incredible bird photos (USA) you should go to this site: http://www.pbase.com/gaocus/favorites

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And what kind of sparrow is this?

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You must be incredibly patient to get these shots.

They are not actually sparrows, although you can find Asian tree sparrow round the houses. These are munias, a kind of small finch - they call them mannikins in Australia. There are two species on Lamma, the one with a white rump called the white-backed or sharp-teiled and these ones, called Scaly-breasted or spotted munia. You can often see small flocks in the swamp around pak Kok and other places where tall grasses grow.

Previous pics - yes, a juvenile black-capped night heron. The first year juveniles are covered in white spots, then they turn all brown, then finally grey and black. The white one is the little egret - famous for its bright yellow feet.


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Thanks Zep - think you have shot up to 70 points with yr most recent posting - however I'm going to deduct 1 point for being condescending in an earlier posting. 8)
Think that's the right score

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Well, sure looks like a Yellow-bellied Grey-backed Aviatrix Taipengiensis to me!

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