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Red billed Blue Magpie in Hangzhou Changqiao Park

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020
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As I recall that a few years ago CNN listed the sunset in Hangzhou West Lake as one of the 12 great sunset sceneries in the world.

Red billed Blue Magpie in Hangzhou Changqiao Park

There are several places to watch the sunset of West Lake in Hangzhou, including Lakeside Park, Changqiao ( Long Bridge)  Park, etc.

Red billed Blue Magpie in Hangzhou Changqiao Park

This afternoon I walk along the lake from Lakeside Park to Changqiao Park in the southeast corner of the West Lake.

Red billed Blue Magpie in Hangzhou Changqiao Park

I’d like to see the sunset – Leifeng Pagoda sunset over West Lake in Hangzhou. West Lake in early March is full of birds and flowers.

Red billed Blue Magpie in Hangzhou Changqiao Park

In Changqiao Park, I was surprised to find that Changqiao park is also a good place for bird watching.

Red billed Blue Magpie in Hangzhou Changqiao Park

I photographed red billed Blue Magpies. Red billed Blue magpies are common in Xixi Wetland Park, Hangzhou. But still I’m very happy to see the birds in the park.

Red billed Blue Magpie in Hangzhou Changqiao Park

Note: Hangzhou is my home town, about 3-hour’s drive south of Shanghai, China.

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Magpies and a Black Cat

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020
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In Changqiao Park, a tourist threw a piece of plastic food wrapping paper on the lawn on the side of the road.

Magpies and a Black Cat

It appeared that there was still some food left on or around the food wrapping paper. Several magpies flew down from the trees to eat food. 

Magpies and a Black Cat

A moment later, a black cat came slowly towards the plastic paper. It appeared that she also wanted to share the delicious food.

Magpies and a Black Cat

Magpies had no choice but to go away. The black cat enjoyed the food alone.

Magpies and a Black Cat

During this period, magpies tried to scare the black cat away for several times.

The black cat was very alert to Magpie’s action, but from time to time he kept his head down, eating the food.

Magpies on a tree

Note: Changqiao Park is located in the south-east corner of West Lake in Hangzhou. Hangzhou is my home town, about 3-hour’s drive south of Shanghai, China.

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Rare to see intermediate egrets in Hangzhou

Sunday, March 1st, 2020
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Today, I saw an intermediate egret in the creek in our community, Fuyang, Hangzhou (my hometown), China.

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It is rare to see intermediate egrets in Hangzhou. Most the egrets found in Hangzhou are little egrets.

intermediate egrets

There are 13 species of egrets all over the world, which four of them are common in China: Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, little egret and Chinese Egret.

intermediate egrets

An immediate egret is characterized by a white body length of 60-70cm, yellow sides of the eyes,   bark fiber-like plumage on the back and lower part of the front neck, and a black mouth.

intermediate egrets

The bird is usually solitary and timid. When it flies, its neck shrinks to an “s” shape, its feet extended straight back, and beyond its tail. Its wings are agitated slowly, and it flies calmly and in a straight line.

intermediate egrets

A little egret is a kind of resident birds in Hangzhou. An immediate egret belongs to summer migratory bird in Hangzhou, which is rare.

intermediate egrets

At the end of March and the beginning of April every year, they move to the south of China to breed, and at the end of September and the beginning of October every year the will leave.

intermediate egrets

Maybe this immediate egret comes a little earlier due to the warmer winter season in Hangzhou this year.

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