Pat Heung Catchwater

22.41638 , 114.08198

Hong Kong

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Coordinates were set by Mathias Ritschard (Admin) : 22.4164/114.0820 (2020-12-26 20:49:45 )

Site name was set by Mathias Ritschard (Admin) as "Pat Heung Catchwater" (2020-12-26 20:49:45 )

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List up to ca. 25 species that:
• have a limited distribution range and/or are rare on a global level
• are most sought-after by birdwatchers at this site
• and are relatively easy to see at this site (year-round or seasonally)

Speckled Piculet (Picumnus innominatus)
Amur Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone incei)
Gray-headed Canary-Flycatcher (Culicicapa ceylonensis)
Mountain Bulbul (Ixos mcclellandii)
Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus)
Hainan Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis hainanus)

Gray-headed Canary-Flycatcher (Culicicapa ceylonensis) was added by Twq Ywq (2022-01-01 13:26:29)

Hainan Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis hainanus) was added by Twq Ywq (2022-01-01 13:25:40)

Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus) was added by Twq Ywq (2022-01-01 13:20:34)

Amur Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone incei) was added by Twq Ywq (2022-01-01 13:19:47)

Mountain Bulbul (Ixos mcclellandii) was added by Twq Ywq (2022-01-01 13:19:27)

Speckled Piculet (Picumnus innominatus) was added by Twq Ywq (2022-01-01 13:19:18)

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) was deleted by Twq Ywq (2021-10-08 15:02:48)

Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus) was deleted by Twq Ywq (2021-10-08 15:02:43)

Mountain Bulbul (Ixos mcclellandii) was deleted by Twq Ywq (2021-10-08 15:02:37)

Amur Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone incei) was deleted by Twq Ywq (2021-10-08 15:02:31)

Speckled Piculet (Picumnus innominatus) was deleted by Twq Ywq (2021-10-08 15:02:23)

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) was added by Twq Ywq (2021-10-08 15:00:35)

Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus) was added by Twq Ywq (2021-10-08 15:00:24)

Mountain Bulbul (Ixos mcclellandii) was added by Twq Ywq (2021-10-08 14:58:57)

Amur Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone incei) was added by Twq Ywq (2021-10-08 14:58:43)

Speckled Piculet (Picumnus innominatus) was added by Twq Ywq (2021-09-04 11:19:12)

Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris) was deleted by Twq Ywq (2021-09-04 11:19:02)

Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus) was deleted by Twq Ywq (2021-09-04 11:18:58)

Mountain Bulbul (Ixos mcclellandii) was deleted by Twq Ywq (2021-09-04 11:18:54)

Speckled Piculet (Picumnus innominatus) was deleted by Twq Ywq (2021-09-04 11:18:49)

Silver-eared Mesia (Leiothrix argentauris) was added by Twq Ywq (2021-09-04 11:09:18)

Mountain Bulbul (Ixos mcclellandii) was added by Twq Ywq (2021-09-04 11:09:07)

Eastern Crowned Warbler (Phylloscopus coronatus) was added by Twq Ywq (2021-09-04 11:08:56)

Speckled Piculet (Picumnus innominatus) was added by Twq Ywq (2021-09-04 11:08:45)

Pat Heung Catchwater is excellent all year-round, with the obvious caveat that summer is the quiet season for birding in Hong Kong in general. It's a gentle walk with little change in elevation and therefore easier in the humid summer and autumn months than the uphill trek of which most other forest walks in Hong Kong consist.

This is a long metalled road from the minibus stop at Lui Kung Tin to Tsing Tam Reservoir (and beyond, if you really have the time and energy). Once you get to Tsing Tam Reservoir, you can either take a shortcut down to Kam Sheung Road or go back to Lui Kung Tin. 

Aside from some flycatchers, thrushes and flowerpeckers, the majority of interesting birds that you would hope to encounter will be in mixed flocks called 'bird waves'. Check each mixed flock. A lot of those birds are populations derived from escapes: Silver-eared Mesia, Red-billed Leiothrix, Grey-cheeked Fulvetta, Rufous-capped Babbler, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch etc. Others are native resident birds: Swinhoe's White-eye, Fork-tailed Sunbird, Chestnut Bulbul, Scarlet Minivet, Grey-chinned Minivet etc. Still others are migrants or winter visitors. 

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Edited by Twq Ywq on 2022-01-01 13:27
Pat Heung Catchwater is excellent all year-round, with the obvious caveat that summer is the quiet season for birding in Hong Kong in general. It's a gentle walk with little change in elevation and therefore easier in the humid summer and autumn months than the uphill trek of which most other forest walks in Hong Kong consist. This is a long metalled road from the minibus stop at Lui Kung Tin to Tsing Tam Reservoir (and beyond, if you really have the time and energy). Once you get to Tsing Tam Reservoir, you can either take a shortcut down to Kam Sheung Road or go back to Lui Kung Tin.  Aside from some flycatchers, thrushes and flowerpeckers, the majority of interesting birds that you would hope to encounter will be in mixed flocks called 'bird waves'. Check each mixed flock. A lot of those birds are populations derived from escapes: Silver-eared Mesia, Red-billed Leiothrix, Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush, Grey-cheeked Fulvetta, Rufous-capped Babbler, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch etc. Others are native resident birds: Swinhoe's White-eye, Fork-tailed Sunbird, Chestnut Bulbul, Scarlet Minivet, Grey-chinned Minivet etc. Still others are migrants or winter visitors. 
Edited by Twq Ywq on 2022-01-01 13:07
Pat Heung Catchwater is excellent all year-round, with the obvious caveat that summer is the quiet season for birding in Hong Kong in general. It's a gentle walk with little change in elevation and therefore easier in the humid summer and autumn months than the uphill trek of which most other forest walks in Hong Kong consist. This is a long metalled road from the minibus stop at Lui Kung Tin to Tsing Tam Reservoir (and beyond, if you really have the time and energy). Once you get to Tsing Tam Reservoir, you can either take a shortcut down to Kam Sheung Road or go back to Lui Kung Tin.  Aside from some flycatchers, thrushes and flowerpeckers, the majority of interesting birds that you would hope to encounter will be in mixed flocks called 'bird waves'. Check each mixed flock. A lot of those birds are populations derived from escapes: Silver-eared Mesia, Red-billed Leiothrix, Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush, Rufous-capped Babbler, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch etc. Others are native resident birds: Swinhoe's White-eye, Fork-tailed Sunbird, Chestnut Bulbul, Scarlet Minivet, Grey-chinned Minivet etc. Still others are migrants or winter visitors. 
Edited by Twq Ywq on 2021-10-08 14:59
The resident woodland birds can be seen in all seasons. There will also be other birds in spring, autumn and winter.  I would start from Lui Kung Tin and follow the metalled road all the way to Tsing Tam Reservoir. Then I would turn back and return to Lui Kung Tin. What's good about this walk is that there is hardly any change in elevation. This is one of the easiest routes in Hong Kong for woodland birding.
Edited by Twq Ywq on 2021-09-04 11:08
The resident woodland birds can be seen in all seasons. There will also be other birds in spring, autumn and winter.  I would start from Lui Kung Tin and follow the metalled road all the way to Tsing Tam Reservoir. Then I would turn back and return to Lui Kung Tin. What's good about this walk is that there is hardly any change in elevation. This is one of the easiest routes in Hong Kong for woodland birding.
Edited by Twq Ywq on 2021-09-04 10:57
The resident woodland birds can be seen in all seasons. There will also be other birds in spring, autumn and winter.  I would start from Lui Kung Tin and follow the metalled road all the way to Tsing Tam Reservoir. Then I would turn back and return to Lui Kung Tin. What's good about this walk is that there is hardly any change in elevation. This is one of the easiest routes in Hong Kong for woodland birding.

The green minibus route 72 takes you from Kam Sheung Road MTR Station to Lui Kung Tin (the last stop), and back. 

There is also a bus route 51 which stops at Lui Kung Tin. It is circular, in that it starts and ends at Nina Tower Bus Terminus and runs all along Route Twisk, then after the stop at Sheung Tsuen Bus Terminus runs back all along Route Twisk towards Nina Tower Bus Terminus. In both directions on Route Twisk it stops at Lui Kung Tin, naturally on opposite sides of the road. However, this route is very infrequent (i.e. hourly) on weekdays, and is much better served at the weekend (running at intervals of 15 minutes, between 06:20 and 15:20)

Explain from where and how to get to this site with private and public transport.

Edited by Twq Ywq on 2022-01-01 13:18
The green minibus route 72 takes you from Kam Sheung Road MTR Station to Lui Kung Tin (the last stop), and back.  There is also a bus route 51 which stops at Lui Kung Tin. It is circular, in that it starts and ends at Nina Tower Bus Terminus and runs all along Route Twisk, then after the stop at Sheung Tsuen Bus Terminus runs back all along Route Twisk towards Nina Tower Bus Terminus. In both directions on Route Twisk it stops at Lui Kung Tin, naturally on opposite sides of the road. However, this route is very infrequent (i.e. hourly) on weekdays, and is much better served at the weekend (running at intervals of 15 minutes, between 06:20 and 15:20)
Edited by Twq Ywq on 2021-09-04 11:08
Lui Kung Tin is served by minibus route 72. (I don't know why it's called 72M on Google Maps.) The minibus company says that it runs on intervals of 15 to 20 minutes during the day. I've never had to wait longer than that. It is also served by bus route 51. The schedule is available on the KMB website and app. 
Edited by Twq Ywq on 2021-09-04 11:07
Lui Kung Tin is served by minibus route 72. (I  (I don't know why it's called 72M on Google Maps.) The minibus company says that it runs on intervals of 15 to 20 minutes during the day. day. I've never had to wait longer than that. It is also served by bus route 51. The schedule is available on the KMB website and app. During the week this bus runs hourly, but at the weekend it's much more frequent. 
Edited by Twq Ywq on 2021-09-04 11:04
Lui Kung Tin is served by minibus route 72. (I don't know why it's called 72M on Google Maps.) The minibus company says that it runs on intervals of 15 to 20 minutes during the day. It is also served by bus route 51. The schedule is available on the KMB website and app. During the week this bus runs hourly, but at the weekend it's much more frequent.

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