I should have done some serious birding today but the flesh was weak. Instead I took my SX50 camera and headed to the LNEC in Sai Kung. Of course I had my binoculars but no big gear or tripod.
I was pleased to see some of the regulars around that so far this autumn I had failed to connect with. Daurian Redstart, a spanking male; Asian Brown Flycatcher, very fresh looking; Olive-backed Pipits were around but they have already been in the garden this year; plenty of Greater Necklaced Laughingthrushes and, somewhat to my surprise, a pair of Hair-crested Drongo. I don’t associate them with this season but sure enough The Avifauna says small numbers are regular in winter. It adds that Most migration is over by late October so I assume these will overwinter. It also says remarkably that Hair-crested Drongos are often to be found in mixed flocks with Greater Necklaced Laughingthrushes…. and they were.
However I was feeling in a frivolous frame of mind and had decided to experiment with some of the stranger in-camera presets. One is called “Toy Camera Effect”. It has 3 tones – standard, cool and warm. I only realised this towards the end so most of mine were shot in warm mode. Here are some of the shots:
And I managed a couple of butterfly shots but just for the record:
You can see they are very grainy and that was why I wasn’t bothering with heavy gear. I spent 20 minutes or so chatting with two local guys. Both good photographers and one in particular showed me some excellent bird images he has taken. Put mine to shame. He said he shoots with a 300mm lens! I don’t understand how but it is a salutary reminder just how little kit matters if you have good fieldcraft and skills. The forecast for tomorrow looks better than it did a day or so ago so if it holds I shall be out and about but the HK weather, like la donna, is very mobile. Fingers crossed.