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 1   Discussion Area 討論區 / Photo Gallery 相片分享 I / 磯 鷸 飛 Common Sandpiper Inflight  on: Oct 22nd, 2006, 11:02pm 
Started by Hendrix | Last post by Hendrix

 
 

 
D2X , AFS600/4 +1.4x  
 
NSW
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 2   Special Topics 特別主題 / Wild Birds & Avian Flu 野鳥與禽流感 / Wild birds clearly don't play major role in spread  on: Oct 21st, 2006, 6:06pm 
Started by HKBWS Project | Last post by martin
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/15799726.htm
"Deadly bird flu not forgotten by U.S health officials"
 
Quote:
Now, with the disease still centered in Asia and the failure of  
migratory birds to spread the illness to Europe and North America,  
the H5N1 virus has dropped out of the media spotlight. The dearth of  
coverage has prompted some to think that the threat of a pandemic has  
passed.  
 
Health officials were surprised when flocks of migratory birds that  
had flown south to Africa and then back to Europe last spring didn't  
carry the H5N1 virus as expected. Neither did birds that wintered in  
Asia and flew to Alaska last summer to breed. International bird  
monitors also found no widespread deaths from the virus among  
migratory birds.  
 
Many experts now think that wild migratory birds are only bit players  
in the spread of the disease. More likely culprits are humans who  
clean, feed and house infected domestic birds and those who prepare  
infected birds and transport them to commercial markets, said Rick  
Kearney, wildlife program coordinator with the U.S. Geological  
Survey.  
 
"Migratory birds may contract the disease and continue in their  
migration, but they clearly don't play a major or single role in  
spreading the disease," Kearney said.

 
Sadly, the health officials should not have been surprised. But, way too much stupidity re bird flu; poultry industry - helped by FAO (readily blaming wild birds prior to above statement, and never mind the facts) - has managed some effective obfuscation of truth.
 
Here in Hong Kong, can hope that situation will remain calm, and that won't again have daft measures like Mai Po closure without H5N1 present there. (With Wetland Park, may be tougher to shut Mai Po now - the park being supposedly a big attraction, hard to close this; if shut Mai Po, could hardly justify the W Park staying open.)
 

 3   Discussion Area 討論區 / Photo Gallery 相片分享 I / 身殘志不殘,中杓鷸飛  on: Oct 21st, 2006, 6:05pm 
Started by Hendrix | Last post by Hendrix
現場不覺這隻中杓鷸有任何不同,行動自如,回來才看到牠斷了一隻腳。
 
中杓鷸飛    Whimbrel - Inflight  
 

 
 

 
 

 
D2X , AFS600/4 +1.4x  
 
MPNR 19/10/06
 
 

 4   Discussion Area 討論區 / Photo Gallery 相片分享 I / Eastern marsh Harrier 澤鷂  on: Oct 17th, 2006, 11:50am 
Started by Hendrix | Last post by Hendrix


 

 
D2X , AFS600 +1.4X   , f6.3 .  1/1000  
 
 
香港米埔。
 
MPNR 11/12/05
 

 5   Discussion Area 討論區 / Bird Identification 鳥類辨識 / Re: 請問這些雀的名字  on: Oct 15th, 2006, 11:35pm 
Started by lam1117 | Last post by lam1117
Thanks
 

 6   Discussion Area 討論區 / Photo Gallery 相片分享 I / Black drongo  on: Oct 15th, 2006, 1:37pm 
Started by Yi_Gou | Last post by Yi_Gou
Black drongo  黑卷尾, 南丫島,  
Lamma Island, 14th October 2006
Canon 350D + 100-400
 

 

 
 

 7   Discussion Area 討論區 / Photo Gallery 相片分享 I / Lesser Coucal (Lamma Island)  on: Oct 14th, 2006, 6:07pm 
Started by anonymous_guy2 | Last post by anonymous_guy2
ID thanks to johnallcock
 
 
The posting on the 1st Sept (photo taken 25 Aug)appears to show a juvenile Lesser Coucal rather than Greater.  
 
Note the pale face, chestnut on the crown, streaked (rather than barred) appearance to the upperparts, dark back, relatively short bill and dark (grey) eye.  
 
Juvenile Greater Coucal is generally rather similar to adults but with white barring the the black feathers (and of course dark barring on the wings)  
 
Note that adult Lesser Coucals moult into a brown, streaked plumage (similar to the juveniles) during the winter but would not show barring on the wings.

 

Nikon D200 w/Nikkor VR 70-200mm F/2.8 G & 1:7 converter
2006/08/27 07:19:49.3
Focal Length: 340mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Spot
1/90 sec - F/4.8
Exposure Comp.: -0.3 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image: Normal
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C
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 8   Discussion Area 討論區 / Photo Gallery 相片分享 I / Re: Greater Coucal (Lamma Island)  on: Oct 14th, 2006, 5:44pm 
Started by anonymous_guy2 | Last post by anonymous_guy2
And another.....

Nikon D200 w/Nikkor VR 70-200mm F/2.8 G
2006/10/07 13:48:16.4
Focal Length: 80mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/160 sec - F/7.1
Exposure Comp.: -0.3 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Normal
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C
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 9   Discussion Area 討論區 / Photo Gallery 相片分享 I / Grey Bushchat  on: Oct 14th, 2006, 5:31pm 
Started by ckn | Last post by ckn
Grey Bushchat, female
 
Mai Po
12/10/2006
D200 + 500/4 + 1.7X
 
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 10   Discussion Area 討論區 / Photo Gallery 相片分享 I / 灰喜鵲 Azure-winged Magpie  on: Oct 14th, 2006, 8:17am 
Started by lam1117 | Last post by lam1117




 
Tam Kon Chau 13/10/2006
 

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