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Packed with information, fabulous photos and videos, chiefly on wildlife, conservation, science and travel – especially in Hong Kong and across Asia.

Wildlife

Bauhinia – Hong Kong orchid tree

Bauhinia – Hong Kong orchid tree

 Bauhinia – Hong Kong emblem Bauhinia, emblem of Hong Kong, is a tree with beautiful, orchid-like flowers. For much of the year, one of the commoner trees in Hong Kong’s city parks and gardens looks rather…

Hong Kong Wild Stars

Hong Kong Wild Stars

Hong Kong’s rare dolphin, spoonbill, tree frog, and a dragonfly There are some parts of the world whose names evoke images of both wildness and teeming cities. Florida, say, conjures visions of swamps with lurking alligators,…

conservation

No use captive breeding rare species if there is no habitat left for them

No use captive breeding rare species if there is no habitat left for them

This past summer, a team of biologists scoured Siberian tundra in search of nests and eggs of one of the world’s most threatened species, spoon-billed sandpiper – a diminutive shorebird…

Wind farms and migratory birds

Issue of wind farms and actual or possible threats to migratory birds is of interest to me, partly as I’ve been asked about a very few wind farm projects in…

science

Science shows Covid including Omicron is Really Not the Flu

Two years into the pandemic, there’s still too much nonsense re Covid being no big deal, “just the flu”, or even a common cold. Also notions Omicron is “mild”, nothing…

“Alarmist” Covid predictions outperform Covid deniers’ soothsaying

“Alarmist” Covid predictions outperform Covid deniers’ soothsaying

“HOLY MOTHER OF GOD—the new coronavirus is a 3.8!!!” tweeted Harvard-affiliated public-health researcher Eric Feigl-Ding in January 2020. “How bad is that reproductive R0 value? It is thermonuclear pandemic level…

travel

Kenting – Laid-back Southernmost Taiwan; and Almost Polynesia on Lanyu

Kenting – Laid-back Southernmost Taiwan; and Almost Polynesia on Lanyu

On a fine day, the Eluanbi Lighthouse is a peaceful place. A few tourists stroll into the compound with low, white-painted buildings and the lighthouse that’s a classic round tower…

Seram and Haruku, South Maluku: The Islands Where Birds Colour the World

Seram and Haruku, South Maluku: The Islands Where Birds Colour the World

There are resorts that might be described as “Away from it all” when, truth be told, they’re little more than just around a corner from the nearest highway or airport.…