Sighting of over 90 Bird Species in Year 2022

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.


Ashy Drongo

Asian Brown Flycatcher

Asian Koel

Azure-winged Magpie


Barn Swallow

Bay Woodpecker

Black Drongo

Black Kite

Black Swan

Black-collared Starling

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-throated Laughingthrush

Blue-whistling Thrush

Black-winged Cuckooshire

Black-winged Stilt

Blue Rock Thrush

Blue-winged Leafbird

Blue-winged Minla

Brown Shrike


Carrion Crow

Chestnut Bulbul

Chinese Bulbul

Chinese Grosbeak

Chines Pond Heron

Cinereous Tit

Collared Crow

Common Coot

Common Kestrel

Common Kingfisher

Common Moorhen

Common Snipe

Common Tailorbird


Crested Myna

Crested Serpent Eagle


Dark-sided Flycatcher

Daurian Redstart

David’s Fulvetta

Dusky Warbler


Eastern-crowned Warbler

Egrets (small/ medium/ large)

Eurasia-collared Dove

Eurasian Magpie

Eurasian Tree Sparrow


Fire-breasted Flowerpecker

Fork-tailed Sunbird


Great Barbet

Greater Coucal

Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush


Green Sandpiper

Grey-backed Thrush

Grey Bush Chat

Grey Heron

Grey-tailed Tattler

Grey-throated Minivet

Grey Wagtail


Hair-crested Drongo

Himalayan Cuckoo


Japanese Paradise Flycatcher

Japanese Thrush

Japanese Tit


Large-billed Crow

Light-vented Bulbul

Little Bunting

Little Ringed Plover

Long-tailed Shrike


Marsh Sandpiper

Masked Laughingthrush

Mountain Bulbul


Northern Red Bishop


Olive-backed Pitpit

Orange-bellied Leafbird

Oriental Magpie Robin

Oriental Pratincole


Pallas’s Leaf Warbler

Pied Avocet

Plain Prinia

Plaintive Cuckoo

Plumbeous Water Redstart


Radde’s Warbler

Red Whiskered Bulbul

Red-billed Blue Magpie

Red-billed Leothrix

Rock Dove

Rufous-capped Babbler

Ryuku Minivet


Scaly-breasted Munia

Scaly Thrush

Scarlet Minivet

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker

Siberian Rubythroat

Silver-eared Mesia

Slaty-backed Forktail

Southern Red Bishop

Speckled Piculet

Spotted Dove

Stejneger’s Stonechat

Swinhoe’s White Eye


Velvet-fronted Nuthatch

Verdicter Flycatcher


White-breasted Moorhen

White-headed Munia

White-rumped Munia

White-throated Kingfisher


Yellow-cheeked Tit

Yellow-browed Warbler


Yellow-bellied Prinia

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.

28 thoughts on “Sighting of over 90 Bird Species in Year 2022

  1. Michael–I am sorry you could not travel outside of HK, but I love this newest hobby you took up. I have loved seeing all the different birds you were able to photograph. You have some incredible beauties!

  2. Yes, dear Michael, covid-19 all stopped us. As if stolen our life… But seems that future will be like that because everyday we hear a new risk virus names… Science fiction films are being real… You are one of them who did great with camera, Your bird photographs were/are amazing. And I can see now when I read your list, this is a real catalogue for birds… Most of them I haven’t known. But they are all so beautiful birds, always fascinated me. Thank you dear Michael, I wish you and to your family Happy New Year and far from all virus… Love, nia

    • Our lives are all changed by Covid 19 and also the future viruses.
      Of course all we hope is negative on Covid 19 but positive with our lives.
      I am still learning on photography, especially on how to photograph birds in flight.
      Best wishes and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, Nia πŸ™‚

  3. That was a wonderful turn-around Michael. Compliments. And as for 2023, I don’t think many of us know- yet – what we’ll do… merry Christmas and a happy new year… πŸ₯³

    • If you read my old posts, you will find I took mainly landscape/ travel photos.
      I am learning to take wildlife/ birds photos, especially with them flying. This requires new skill and equipment πŸ™‚

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