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What kind of rooster could this be?

It's very shy, almost neurotically shy & flighty, endemic all over Hong Kong and seems to spawn from monkeys only, a result of inter-species breeding maybe, perhaps even a genetic manipulation?


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Japanese White Eye (reloaded) - identification courtesy of Zep

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Well Zep, you seem to be the main man.
Any idea what this little chap is?

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I was waiting to give somebody else a go, but since nobody is, this is a tailor bird - quite common also, but difficult to see.

I was going to suggest that you buy a copy of the standard HK bird book, but I'd better be careful or you may think I'm being patronising and dock more wine points!


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Uncle Guy doesn't buy books, he gets them from acquaintances and then doesn't return them!
Where's my "HK Butterflies" book? :roll:

Since I won't win a bottle of vinegar anyway, I can be as condescending as I want to be, hah! :P

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Uncle Guy doesn't buy books, he gets them from acquaintances and then doesn't return them!
Where's my "HK Butterflies" book? :roll:

Think I may have a "Pain Free" solution for you :coffee:

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zep wrote:
I was waiting to give somebody else a go, but since nobody is, this is a tailor bird - quite common also, but difficult to see.

I was going to suggest that you buy a copy of the standard HK bird book, but I'd better be careful or you may think I'm being patronising and dock more wine points!

Presume it's the Common Tailor Bird (Orthotomus sutorius)
as opposed to the "Mountain Tailor" Bird.
If they are seldom seen how come they're so easy to photograph?
From today with an 80-200m lens & 12mm extension tube
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Wouldn't want to buy the HK Bird book & take away yr "raison d'etre".
Gives you 79 points - but what about the one on the previous page? I have my doubts about L-B's version.
Am awarding L-B an extra 30 points for his downtrodden wit - giving him a wopping 40 - less one point just for the hell of it - 39.

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The grey and orange bird on the previous page is Turdus hortulorum - not the "common or garden turd" as the name suggests, but the grey-backed thrush (male). In spite of your modest comments, these are VERY hard to get a good view of, never mind photograph. They also hang around in the leaf litter. You can often hear a scratching in the leaves as they look for insects, but they don't exactly come out and pose.


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So now you've moved up to a massive 89 points - sure you can almost taste that delicate bouquet.
BTW saw yr Hair Crested Drongos today - will see if I can get a pic tomorrow - but they look really, really hard!!

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In spite of your modest comments, these are VERY hard to get a good view of, never mind photograph.


Mmmm, must confess it wasn't very easy. But this one was really hard.

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Chinese Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) on Shark Patrol

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Large file? 11 MB no less. I think I'll make a dozen copies and send them on to those Nigerian scamsters seeking help to dispose of a hundred million dollars, just to clog up their mailboxes.

It is a female Daurian redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus). The male is rather brighter with a silver neck and cap, black face and red underparts and tail, but the males are not so common. They are reasonably tame and come in in the winter from the north. A characteristic behaviour pattern is constantly wagging the tail up and down.[/i]


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Large file? 11 MB no less. I think I'll make a dozen copies and send them on to those Nigerian scamsters seeking help to dispose of a hundred million dollars, just to clog up their mailboxes. .....[/i]

Something wrong with yr computer - was only 300+kb.

Nonetheless, that moves you onto an incredible 99 points - 1 more & you win the delicious bottle of red wine.

Ok, for 20 points what is this bird? & for a bonus 10 points..........., male or female?
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Here are a pair of birds attempting to nest with Dave Wheelband last week.

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Guy, nice new Avatar, the fly on green background.

Very suitable for Uncle Guy the Bugman.

Or should we call you Guy-the-Fly now? Or simply Fly-Guy?

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Guy, nice new Avatar, the fly on green background.

Wow, yr on the ball!! only been up there for over a month now. :dontknow:
We'll see how long it takes for you to notice the "new" avatar

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Here are a pair of birds attempting to nest with Dave Wheelband last week.

Ha ha ha..............., yr so funny Mr. Bean................ yr wit is only surpassed by yr good looks. :bonk:

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Does this make it any easier? But down to 15 & 5 points.

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In the meantime, here is another pic of the "Crested Bulbul"

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Ok, so this should make it easier, but only 10 points available.
Seems it may be a visitor from Siberia or Mongolia

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Yellow-browed warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus). They do breed up in Manchuria and come down here in the winter. There are quite a few flitting around in the causarinas between the Japanese caves and the school near Sok Kwu Wan.


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