The weather in Hong Kong wasn’t too nice: just grey and occasionally raining. I happened to see an add of the Wetland Park on the train from the airport and decided to visit it. I don’t have pictures of the building itself but the place is worth a visit. They show wetland habitats from around the world. They showed them in their pristine natural shape and I got a little irritated wondering if these people know nothing of what is happening in the world and how these ecosystems are being destroyed. But the second part of the exhibition took care of that very effectively telling in detail of all the problems mankind is causing. Apparently busloads of school kids visit the center so hopefully the message is going through. I was glad to see that they were recommending organic food as part of the solutions. I took a video clip with my Nokia N95 to show the scary tecno-atmosphere they have created.
The Wetland is just next to the Tin Shui Wai devlopment in the north-west part of Hong Kong. You can reach it by train and tram (last pic) – about 40 min from Hong Kong Island.
This bird is the “Common Snipe” (Gallinago gallinago) or “Taivaanvuohi” in Finnish, which translates to “Goat of the Skies”. In the spring they fly high in the sky and cry like goats as a part of their courting behaviour. I presume they don’t that in English speaking countries.
Black Faced Spoonbill (pikkukapustahaikara, Platalea minor) is an endangered species. A quarter of the population can be found in Hong Kong during migration.
Great Egret flying (Jalohaikara, Ardea alba) flying over the wetland. The exposure time is 1/1000 s which can just almost freeze the Pacific Swifts flying around catching insects.
Mudskipper Liejuryömijä, Boleophthalmus pectinirostris): the walking fish.
Fiddler crab “Uca arcuata”
The tram back to the center of Tin Shui Wai. Public transport is well organized and private cars are not common. I presume these skyscapers are a ecological way to live.