The idea of BAD was to try and force me out a little more without the sole goal of taking photos. I wanted them to be more incidental than a goal in themselves. At last it felt warm enough for my ageing bones to walk along the sea path at Nai Chung. I only had my 400 F5.6 lens.
There were plenty of birds but nothing out of the ordinary. A Grey-backed Thrush popped up at one point and I tried in vain to photograph a very active Pallas’s Leaf Warbler. A female Daurian Redstart was present as usual and a Yellow-bellied Prinia was in the same patch of weeds. A Collared Crow stood on the tide line – this seems to be a regular haunt – and a single Little Egret stood on a stone.
A couple of Red-billed Starlings were on bamboo poles. I have seen a lot this year, even in our garden. I saw several Barn Swallows and a single House Swift. A pair of White Wagtails cavorted on the shingle and the only bird to allow me close (surprisingly) was a Common Sandpiper. Still distant at first…..
But then I walked round the other side and snuk up on him by the mangroves.A quick shake and he was off. My surprise for the morning was a lizard, Calotes versicolor. CV should be hiding away in a state of torpor but this one had not read the script. I thought at first its lack of motion was due to oil but it was just its winter garb and sloth.
I continue to hope something splendiferous will turn up in the garden but nothing yet. I had a Peregrine Falcon flying past yesterday. That was the highlight. Not even a sea eagle to cheer me up. So here endeth the lesson, full of habitat shots for Rod. Warm again tomorrow says the Observatory, then back to winter drawers on.