My discovery of Hardacre’s Headless Eagle has been followed in short order by Hardacre’s Bonce-less Bulbul. This was sheer luck but it was accompanied by a normal morph so the comparison was easy.For those of you not well-versed in the finer points of field identification, the Bonce-less Bulbul is the upper bird. Remarkably, like a lizard’s tail, the Bonce-less Bulbul can grow its head back as I observed later. I suspect this is previously unrecorded in science.And after a while a full recovery can be made.
This was not the highlight of the day though. Late afternoon I started to observe Red-rumped Swallows overhead. Cecropis daurica is not a bird I see often here in Sai Kung but over the next 20 minutes about 100 flew in from the sea. Very hard and fast they flew, heading towards the Pearl River delta direction. I was very happy to witness this. The Avifauna suggests flocks of 100 on migration are not so unusual. That doesn’t bother me. I was chuffed to bits. So much so I gave Lulu a bonus biscuit so she was happy too.