What have I done in Year 2022?
I must admit – not much.
My travel outside HK has completely stopped.
I was worried that I may be infected with Covid 19 while travelling.
In which case, I may even end up hospitalized in a foreign country.
Not only that, I was also worried if I should do any outward travel, I could be quarantined at both the destination and also on returning home.
The local quarantine was originally 14 days. This was progressively decreased to 7 days and now 3 days.
Living with Covid 19, I took up bird watching and photographing since November 2021, in addition to my daily hike.
Prior to that, I have been photographing egrets in flocks or bulbuls nesting on my rooftop.
For this new hobby, I have acquired some equipment which allows me taking photos of birds and even flying birds.
I am still experimenting and learning how to take bird photos, especially those of flying birds which I have just started.
Below, I have prepared a list of birds which I have encountered mainly in 2022. The types I have encountered, which are mostly also photographed, exceed 90. Some of them is local, some are passage visitors.
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Black-crowned Night Heron
Blue Rock Thrush
Chines Pond Heron
Crested Serpent Eagle
Egrets (small/ medium/ large)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush
Grey Bush Chat
Japanese Paradise Flycatcher
Little Ringed Plover
Northern Red Bishop
Oriental Magpie Robin
Pallas’s Leaf Warbler
Plumbeous Water Redstart
Red Whiskered Bulbul
Red-billed Blue Magpie
Southern Red Bishop
Swinhoe’s White Eye
This new hobby has taken up quite a lot of my time. It has resulted me in spending less time on Chinese Calligraphy and other activities.
I have been spending many hours on reading up books, websites on birds and practicing shooting birds.
What will I be doing in Year 2023?
I honestly don’t know.