Monday, 22 April 2013

Hong Kong legislator LEE Cheuk-yan recklessly polluting the environment

This is a photograph of Hong Kong legislator LEE Cheuk-yan leading a protest in Hong Kong on 21 April 2013 by releasing balloons outside the home of Hong Kong tycoon LI Ka-shing. (Dockers drive home the message to LI Ka-shing. SCMP - 22 April 2013):

This is wrong for three reasons:

1. Plastic balloons are an insidious form of marine pollutant, because once in the oceans they take on the role of “Food Mimic” – to many marine animals such as turtles, they are eaten because they look like their natural food.

2. This is against the law in Hong Kong - releasing balloons like this is an act contrary to the conditions of the Air Navigation (Hong Kong) Order 1995 (Notice of Mass Balloon Release).

3. It is encouraging the children in the protest to break the law and worse still, not consider the consequences of their actions.


What rules govern the mass release of balloons in Hong Kong

According to the Civil Aviation Department “Frequently Asked Questions” page:

FAQ 44. Can I release a large number of balloons?

Balloons not larger than 30 centimeters (12 inches) in diameter may be released individually, but persons intending to release large number of balloons should notify the Civil Aviation Department.

Note: The e-notification and all relevant information should reach the CAD at least 7 working days prior to the date of the proposed balloon release.

FAQ 44a. What are the penalties if the above regulations are breached?

If any person contravenes the above provision, he shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding $5,000.

See the CAD FAQ page at the following link:

What procedures govern the mass release of balloons in Hong Kong

Permission needs to be sought using a Notice of Mass Balloon Release (Form DCA 253 (rev Oct 08)). See following link:

According to the form, the following conditions are normally required to be observed for the mass release of balloons:

(a) The balloons shall be released individually, i.e. not tied together.

(b) When fully inflated, the maximum linear dimension of each balloon shall not exceed 30 cm (12 inches).

(c) Paper banners or other attachments to the balloons are not permitted.

(d) The balloons should be of rubber material; inflatable balloons of metallic material are not permitted.

LEE Cheuk-yan – SHAME ON YOU!!!!!

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Black Kite (Milvus migrans) fishing at Peng Chau, Hong Kong on 13 April 2013

Subject: Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

Time: 1455 hours (2.55pm) on 13 April 2013

Location: Peng Chau, Hong Kong

Comment: Following the trawling ban in Hong Kong, the sea will get clearer as the sediment settles, which will open up opportunities for coastal birds which prey on fish.

Misses the fish on its first attempt.

Catches the fish on its second attempt.

Flies away with the fish in its claws.

Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), Peng Chau, Hong Kong on 13 April 2013

Subject: Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)

Time: 1810 hours (6.10pm) on 13 April 2013

Location: Peng Chau, Hong Kong.


Thursday, 11 April 2013

Juvenile Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda at Yi O, Lantau on 10 April 2013

Subject: Juvenile Mangrove horseshoe crabs (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda) foraging at the inter-tidal mudflat at Yi O, Lantau, Hong Kong on 10 April 2013

Time: 1400 – 1600 hours (2 – 4 pm)

Date: 10 April 2013

Location: Inter-tidal mudflat fringed by mangroves, Yi O, Lantau, Hong Kong.

Stream fringed by mangroves. 

Inter-tidal mudflat in front of mangroves stands.

Juvenile Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda (Top picture foraging) .

Juvenile Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda (Top picture foraging).

Juvenile Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda (Top picture foraging).

Juvenile Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda (Top picture foraging).