Monday, September 18, 2006

Birds are where you find them

Without a chance to do any "real" birding here in Hong Kong, I've been entertaining myself by finding birds in Chinese paintings. (To paraphrase an old saying, "If you can't find the ones you want, want the ones you can find.") This Collared Kingfisher is a detail in a 20 ft. tall mural in the lobby of the Shangri-la Hotel. The book says it's common in coastal areas throughout southeast Asia, so maybe I have a chance of seeing one from a bus or taxi as I move on to four other countries on this trip.


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