Starling Inlet: Luk Keng and Nam Chung

Starling Inlet is a tidal bay that contains the largest egretry in Hong Kong. Between late March and August, six species of herons and egrets have bred in the egretries at A Chau island. The egretry is spectacular and easily viewed from the public road and village paths. It is well worth following the road right round Starling Inlet to the pristine Nam Chung Valley. This is an excellent area for country birds and wetland species, especially kingfishers and bitterns.

Special species: Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Black-capped Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Crested Kingfisher*, Black Baza*, Chinese Francolin*
Suggested time: 2 hours at the site
Transportation: There is a regular minibus (56K) from Fanling KCR station to Luk Keng, which passes the A Chau egretry.

* The species marked with an asterisk (*) are more difficult to find.

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