Hong Kong

Hong Kong was a short stop for us, mainly for us to enter the country and head to my hometown which is in the interior.

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We stayed near the Victoria Harbor and the ferry terminal.


Victoria Harbor

I did not really expect to see much wildlife at the busy harbor, but a couple of raptors were circling, sometimes very close to us -- too close, in fact, such as in the following picture, the bird actually exceeded the frame. This is a Black Kite, a widespread bird in Asia and one I had seen in India and Japan. It was like seeing an old friend and it made me glad. Another raptor is the Eastern Buzzard, which officially registered as my first new bird of this trip.


Black Kite

Where we stayed at, near Central Hong Kong, is also in the herbal medicine and dried goods district. Many stores sell these products, some with mystical benefits according to superstition, which I refuse to believe.


Store


Dried Seafood

We tried to make a trek to Victoria Peak but was deterred by the large crowd. Instead, I took a few pictures in Central.


Hong Kong Central


Hong Kong Central

An Eurasian Collared Dove was quite indifferent to the noise and traffic of Central Hong Kong.


Eurasian Collared Dove

We made a brief stop at Hong Kong Park. I did see another new bird, the Yellow-crested Cockatoo (not shown) and a few familiar ones.


Oriental Magpie-robin (鵲鴝)


Eurasian Tree Sparrow


Masked Laughingthrush (黑脸噪鹛)

Another interesting creature was a squirrel, I think this is a Pallas's Squirrel, which would be a new species to me (I don't actually keep a list).


Squirrel

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