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Red Flanked Bluetail In Forest Common Tailorbird Common Jester Asian Common Toad Red Flanked Bluetail In Forest Common Tailorbird Common Jester
Common Jester The little spikes at the bottom on this individual makes it easier to identify as a Common Jester. This colour pattern is quite common and there is quite a bit of variation in the pattern within each species.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > Hong Kong 11 > Common Jester

Large Faun Licking Leaf This was the first of many butterflies I saw on this day. I'm used to hikes where seeing a single butterfly on the ground is a good day - I had no idea I would see so many different species in a single day.

David pointed out the bright blue eyes which contrast with the overall brown shades.

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > Hong Kong 11 > Large Faun Licking Leaf

Red Flanked Bluetail In Forest These birds are wintering in Hong Kong. Some years see many, some years few. The other photographer there said this has been a poor year - few birds present in Hong Kong. This particular one is reliable - it stays in the same stand of trees every morning.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > Hong Kong 11 > Red Flanked Bluetail In Forest

Common Tailorbird This bird is quite a bit higher than me in the tree. The nifty features (red top, green back) and sadly mostly out of view. There were several of these birds in this stand of coral tree but they move quickly.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > Hong Kong 11 > Common Tailorbird

Glassy Tiger On Billygoat Weed There are a variety of butterflies that look pretty similar. Thankfully I have a book of local butterflies which makes it easier to figure out which of the similar types this is.

The butterfly is feeding on a weed introduced from the new world. The weed contaminates feed (it is poisonous) and spreads real well.

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > Hong Kong 11 > Glassy Tiger On Billygoat Weed

Common Five Ring Dry Season I didn't know this existed with butterflies - the butterflies that emerge in the dry season have a different number of spots than the ones that come out in the wet season (July here). The wet season version would have three rings on the bottom wing instead of two seen here.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > Hong Kong 11 > Common Five Ring Dry Season

Asian Common Toad Oh, saucy! This wasn't a large pond, but I'm sure it's big enough for this pair.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > Hong Kong 11 > Asian Common Toad

Red Whiskered Bulbul On Coral Tree Red Whiskered Bulbul On Coral Tree
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > Hong Kong 11 > Red Whiskered Bulbul On Coral Tree

Russet Percher Another species we saw at both the nature reserve and the the butterfly park. Most of the dragonflies you see in BC have entirely transparent wings, some with spots on them. This species is the opposite - opaque wings with transparent spots.

This photo is a composite of two images for depth of field.

John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > Hong Kong 11 > Russet Percher

Changeable Lizard Basking This guy was basking at the top of a waist high bush - he was perfect height for photographs. I expected him to disappear when we got within metres of it, but it was quite patient. The lizard was basking so he was probably cold.
John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2016 to 2005 > Hong Kong 11 > Changeable Lizard Basking