Tin Shui Wai Things to Do
There are 110 species of butterflies in HongKong Wetland Park alone so you'll have no lack of choice if you're there to photograph them. Go find them in the Butterfly Garden ( left from Discovery Centre ) .
Photo Note: Just take note the butterfly wings before shooting them. This is an example of a bad shot by the way. I did not notice that this particular butterfly had tattered wing edges till much later, it must have:
1) flown into a firing range.
2) gotten into a wing/off with a moth
3) gotten a nervous disorder and bitten part of its wings.
Pui Pui is a celeb croc in Hong Kong and for good reason too. She escaped captivity more times than Wentworth ever did in Prison Break and was roaming for a while in the wild when she was first spotted. Expert Croc hunters from Oz and China were hired to catch her but they failed , in the end it was the HK civil servants who did it. I wondered if they were paid for overtime work.
Still, this precious ( that's what Pui Pui means in Cantonese ) lady is now staying in the glass enclosure of Hong Kong Wetland Park. Go there and say hi to her. There's no danger of DUIs and crotch shots from this celeb.
P/S I initially thought that Pui Pui meant fat ( that's what it means in Singaporean Hokkien). Not exactly a misnomer since she's quite well-fed.
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Though I hate foodcourts in general, I will break with tradition and rave about the foodcourt in the Wetland Park. Perhaps standing in the blasted heat for hours observing birds and butterflies will make you slightly insane and rave about just about any air-conditioned room in general but..
Can you imagine dining in an air-conditioned hall that overlooks a water body over sheer verdent greenery? And as you dine in the cool ambience, an egret flies over the water and lands with graceful precision.
Yes, I can, I was there, by a window seat. Making notes in my bird journal and recuperating from the blasted summer heat. I must have been sitting there for hours since the cleaner approach my table at least thrice to try and take away my empty cup.
Favorite Dish: Everything tastes good after 3-4 hours in the blinding heat and sun. Look out for their fabulous tea shakes ( bubble milk tea with sago pearls), various fruit desserts and club sandwiches which comes with an enormous serving of chips. The Chinese is rather starchy but platable.
Water is served free over here by the water cooler.
Avoid:The fruit salad. It's nothing more than a scoop of fruit cocktail with industrail mayo.
Tin Shui Wai Off The Beaten Path
It's easy to spot this bird, it meows loudly! the first is a cat-like 'miao...miao...'; the second is a 'ki shi li duo buei ....' refrain, that means 'if you make me angry to death, you need to pay' in Taiwanese.
Common Name:Yellow-bellied Prinia
Scientific Name: Prinia flaviventris
Sound:Click here to hear it meow
When I saw this little fellow, I thought it was the common ringed plover until I spied a ring around its eyes.
Common Name: Little Ringed Plover
Scientific Name: ScoCharadrius dubius
Type: Adult male in breeding plumage
This little Japanese White Eye is very much like Singapore's Oriental White Eye. While it's simply called Mata Putih (white eye) in Singapore, it's nicknamed the 'Green Flute' over here since they usually move back and forth at lightning speed in the woods!
Common Name:Japanese White-eye
Scientific Name:Zosterops japonicus
Video:Click here to see a baby white eye.