Wild Corner (pdf)
Any sightings of civets, mongooses, ferret badgers, leopard cats, barking deer, pangolins and porcupines - live or dead - should be reported. Rare birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, or unusual behaviour by common species, are also of interest, as are rare or interesting invertebrates and plants. If you think it is interesting, our readers probably will! Please give dates, times and localities as accurately as possible.
David Cox saw a Mongoose (Herpestes sp.) at the junction of Stubbs Road and Magazine Gap Road on 18 May 2004 about 9 pm.
Two Wild Boars (Sus scrofa) (one adult and one juvenile) were seen by Eric Chan in Shing Mun Country Park (near Lead Mine Pass) at around 6.30 pm on 24 February 2005. They rushed into the vegetation after being sighted.
Three Masked Palm Civet (Paguma larvata) were seen at Tai Lo Shan on 23 October 2004 around 3.30 am by Samson So.
On 25 January 2005 at around 8.45 pm, Fiona Somerville saw a pair of Porcupines (Hystrix brachyura) on the Peak less then 500 m along Lugard Road from the Peak tram. One porcupine was spotted about 2 metre away and she observed it for about a minute as it didn’t seem eager to get away, while the other one was about 5 metre away.
Tom and Ed Glenwright saw a Javan Mongoose (Herpestes javanicus) run across the road leading to Mai Po nature reserve at 2 pm on 1 October 2004.
A dead Ferret Badger (Melogale moschata) was found lying in a shallow pool of blood on Mt. Nicholson Road on 7 November 2004 by Barry Bousfield. It had probably been hit by a car during the night before and was about 40 cm long and weighed about 1 kg. The dead animal was removed from the road and placed in the undergrowth nearby.
On 1 November 2004 morning at 8 am, Sally Bunker found the body of a Masked Palm Civet (Paguma larvata) at Nam Shan on Lantau. The animal appeared to have a neck injury. It was a young female with nose to tip of tail around 46 cm, and shoulder to end of body 24 cm.
While walking up the Cheung Sheung trail, above Yung Shue O, Sai Kung at 5.30 pm on 26 October 2004, Ian Cowieson disturbed a beautiful adult Barking Deer (Muntiacus sp.) that had been feeding in an open grassy area, just on the edge of the forest. The deer ran off along the tree line for 100-odd metres before taking shelter among some trees.
Two sightings of wild mammals were made by Andrew Malone near HKU campus. He spotted a Porcupine (Hystrix brachyura) in early October 2004 on Hatton Road just above the fire station, and a Masked Palm Civet (Paguma larvata) was spotted climbing trees adjacent to the single storey building, at the south side of the Main Library on 18 October at 9.45 pm.
Lau saw a group of three Rhesus Macaque in the feng shui wood
of Sheung Yeung Village, Clear Water Bay from 26 January to 12 February
Hon Kai saw 21 Striated Yuhinas (Yuhina castaniceps) in
Tai Po Kau on 19 February 2005.
On 9 October 2004, Kwok Hon Kai saw a cat holding a juvenile Lanceolated Warbler Locustella lanceolata (very scarce) near New Town Plaza of Shatin. He seized the bird from the cat and released it. It could still fly!
Sightings of Slaty-backed Forktail (Enicurus schistaceus) were reported from Tai Po Kau:
Kwok Hon Kai saw the bird in late September 2004.
Chik, King Law and Vicky Yeung saw the bird catching and eating small
fishes, probably Parazacco spilurus at around 8.45am on 27 December
REPORTS FROM SAMSON SO:
A Collared Scops Owl (Otus lempii) was seen at the junction of King's Road and Parker Shan on 10 November 2004.
A Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) was seen at Ma On Shan on 23 October 2004 (around 2.00 am), and another individual was seen at Gilwell Campsite at 3.30 am, during the Trailwalker event when hundreds of people were walking around.
A juvenile White-Bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) perched aside a stream at Ma Wan Chung (Lantau) on 24 October 2004.
A pair of White-Bellied Sea Eagle were displaying at Shui Hou (Lantau) on 31 October 2004.
A White-Bellied Sea Eagle was chasing a passerine (probably a Black Bird Turdus merula) at Kowloon Reservoir on 6 November 2004.
A 10 cm desiccated remains of a poisonous Eclipse Puffer (Takifugu ocellatus) was found by R.D. Hill on the roof of the Kadoorie Biological Sciences Building, HKU on 2 December 2004. The fish had probably been taken dead from the sea by a common kite and discarded in flight. Presumably the kite took a mouthful, found it distasteful and dropped it.
A Blue-tailed Skink (Eumeces quadrilineatus) was seen near a stream by Lora Lam in Sai Kung West Country Park near Tsak Yue Wu.
Robert Davidson saw a 1.3 m road killed Copperhead Racer (Elaphe radiata) at Luk Keng in the afternoon on 23 October 2004.
Eric Chan and Fiona Chung reported the sighting of two Great Green Snakes (Ophedrys major) at 6.00 pm at streamside near Chuen Lung on the 8 August 2004. One of them slid on the boulders to cross the stream and then disappeared in the vegetation.
A Bamboo Snake (Trimeresurus albolabris) (length approximately 60 – 80 cm) was reported by David Cox. The snake was found on steps from Mount Nicholson Government Quarters down to Stubbs Road, HK Island, on 3 July 2004 at around 6.30 am.
Samson So reported the following sightings of reptiles:
A dead Chinese Mountain Snake (Sibynophis chinensis) was found at the catchment area of Kowloon Reservoir on 18 September 2004.
A Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko) was seen at the catchment area along Tan Sha River (near Hok Tau Reservoir) on 1 August 2004. The species was regularly heard at the same locality throughout 2003-2004.
A Tokay Gecko was seen near Nong Ping (Lantau) on 31 Oct 2004.
Robert Davidson found a Lantern Bug (Pyrops candelaria) in Sheung Tsat Muk Kiu village (near Luk Keng) in mid-January. It was firmly stuck to a tree, about 1.3 m off the ground.
Samson So reported the following sightings of dragonflies:
Pseudagrion microcephalum laying eggs at a rehabilitated freshwater pond of Mai Po Nature Reserve.
Gynacantha subinterrupta was seen at Mai Po on 10 November and 5 December (both were male individuals).