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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.
Species: Tarsiger cyanurus (Red-flanked bluetail)

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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.
Species: Ypthima baldus (common fivering)

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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.
Species: Calotes versicolor (changeable lizard, Oriental garden lizard)

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White Wagtail Leucopsis
On two different occasions I saw this species show up at the foreshore.
Species: Motacilla alba leucopsis (White-faced Wagtail)

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Osprey On Watch
Ocean, Rivers, Lakes, Old World, New World, these birds are pretty much everywhere.
Species: Pandion haliaetus (Osprey)

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Saunders Gull
Saunders Gull
Species: Chroicocephalus saundersi (Saunders's Gull, Chinese black-headed gull)

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White Throated Kingfisher Chased Off Perch
Saunders's gull is apparently a kleptoparasite, it likes to steal food from other species.
Species: Halcyon smyrnensis (White-throated Kingfisher), Chroicocephalus saundersi (Saunders's Gull, Chinese black-headed gull)

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Two Skinks In Woodpile Hg
We saw a total of three skinks in this area. The suspicion is that it is mating time.
Tags: Hong Kong
Species: Eumeces chinensis chinensis (Chinese Skink)

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White Dragontail
These were quite common in the day - we saw them in both locations, but they never stopped moving! Only late in the afternoon did they stop to feed, but they often kept beating their wings even when they standing on their legs.
Tags: Hong Kong
Species: Lamproptera curius (White Dragontail)

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Paris Peacock Feeding
This individual has had a rough life - he is missing parts of his wing. The green dots covering the wings really stand out in direct sunlight.
Species: Papilio paris (Paris peacock)

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Pied Avocet
Last year I saw hundreds of these birds skimming the mud - this year only a few dozen. They may have been further out or already migrated to a new location.
Species: Recurvirostra avosetta (Pied Avocet)

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There were only two of three of these running around close by, but they are quite funny to watch. They plunge that long beak deep into the mud hoping to pull up whatever they eat - they almost look like they are falling on their faces.
Species: Numenius phaeopus (Whimbrel)

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Oriental Magpie-Robin
These birds would come and go. They aren't setup well for feeding in the mud, but that didn't stop them for getting a meal.
Species: Copsychus saularis (Oriental Magpie-Robin)

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Yellow Wagtail
This guy showed up for about a minute and was never seen again from my hide. He looks more like a forest bird than a beach bird to me.
Species: Motacilla flava (Yellow Wagtail, Western Yellow Wagtail)

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Red-Base Jezebel
When your 100mm lens gets close enough to really see a butterfly, it is really close to the butterfly. Often the butterfly just flies away well before you get that close. This individual was really patient.
Species: Delias pasithoe (redbase Jezebel)

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Black Kite Landing
Usually these birds soar and soar and soar - I don't often see them land.
Species: Milvus migrans lineatus (black-eared kite)

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Common Sandpiper With Reflection
Common Sandpiper With Reflection
Species: Actitis hypoleucos (Common Sandpiper)

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Bad Day For A Mudskipper
I think there is a large amount of food stealing with Egrets. When I saw an Egret get food, it generally flew off.
Species: Egretta intermedia (Intermediate Egret, Plumed Egret)

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Lone Caspian Tern
There is one Caspian Tern in the middle of the scene. Some cormorants, some of the larger gulls and ducks. The Northern Shoveler is pretty common (green head, large bill) and Eurasian Wigeon.
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Little Egret
Those bright yellow feet sure stand out.
Species: Egretta garzetta (Little Egret)

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