Category Archives: Pic of the Day

Pic of the Day: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Funky caterpillar with a big appetite, unfortunately species unknown

I spotted this very hungry caterpillar out of the corner of my eye soon after passing Discovery Bay’s Lo Fu Tau a few weeks back. Love the funky colours, ‘design’ and prickly barbs. No idea of the species or what it turns into, unfortunately, or whether it’s toxic in any way, so if anyone knows, do tell me in the comments section. Thanks!

You can see more of my local wildlife encounters here – it’s an ongoing work in progress! (I seriously need to chance upon more snakes, lol.) If you’re interested, I also have a page dedicated to wild Hong Kong flowers and plants, with lots of photos personally taken by me whilst out and about on my hikes and walks.

Pic of the Day: Taiwan Kukri Snake

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Taiwan Kukri Snake (Oligodon formosanus)

I recently did my first hike in a while, having switched to a stint of power walking in the weeks prior, and lo and behold I saw a snake! We have entered snake season after all, but that’s still pretty cool to see a snake on my ‘first’ hike. Not only did I stumble upon a live one, but this was the first time I was able to properly photograph one of my rare snake encounters. How exciting!

What we have here is a Taiwan Kukri Snake (Oligodon formosanus), a medium-sized non-venomous snake that is reportedly uncommon but widely distributed in Hong Kong. Its enlarged rear teeth apparently resemble Nepalese kukri knives, hence the name. Check out the cool head and eye markings, plus the lilac highlights along its body.

I was hiking up to Lo Fu Tau in DB when I spotted the snake literally just hanging out on the dirt trail in front of me. It made no attempt to escape, only curling up closer to the grass once it got fed up with my continued presence, lol. In fact, it was so brave and motionless for the first while, I initially thought it might be dead, but it was very much alive, believe me!

See more of my local wildlife encounters here – it’s an ongoing work in progress! If you’re interested, I also have a page dedicated to wild Hong Kong flowers and plants, with lots of photos personally taken by me whilst out and about on hikes and walks.

Pic of the Day: Sunset at Tai O

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All that glitters may not be real gold, but sometimes it’s better!

I recently walked Lantau’s Tung O Ancient Trail from Tung Chung to Tai O, and what a lovely (albeit sweaty!) trek that turned out to be. 🙂  Great company (“the best”, lol), a good pace throughout and gorgeous views like this one, which I managed to capture as we neared Tai O at the start of an overcast sunset. It’s like honey from the heavens pouring through the clouds and turning into liquid gold upon hitting the water. Stunning! Thanks ZB for the fab company. 😉  That was a truly great day! 😀

If you like nature photography, in particular flora and fauna pics, check out my dedicated pages on wild Hong Kong flowers and plants and local wildlife encounters, which contain lots of photos personally taken by me whilst out and about on my various hikes and walks. Enjoy!

Pic of the Day: Tiger Wasp Moth

Tiger Wasp Moth (Amata polymita)

Is it a bee? Is it a wasp? Some strange hybrid? Turns out it’s none of the above: It’s a moth. Huh? Yep, what we have here is a Tiger Wasp Moth (Amata polymita), also known as a Tiger-striped Clearwing Moth.

I spotted it feeding on some Praxelis on Lantau and didn’t know what to make of it at the time, since it does look rather like a bee/wasp, yet not quite. Most unique, and since it’s only a moth mimicking a wasp, presumably harmless.

See more of my local wildlife encounters here – it’s an ongoing work in progress! If you’re interested, I also have a page dedicated to wild Hong Kong flowers and plants, with lots of photos personally taken by me whilst out and about on hikes and walks.

Pic of the Day: Horny toads, oh my!

asian common toad

I came across these two NSFW ‘horny toads’ during a recent power walk on Lantau, so not a hike. They were doing their, ahem, ‘business’ practically in the middle of the path, and didn’t even flinch upon my approach or when I put my phone right up close (no zoom) for several pics!

Fearing they might get trampled under foot or run over by a bike, etc., as a result of their lack of responsiveness, I picked the pair up with two branches and moved them over to the much safer, greener side of the divide. My good deed for the day!

Turns out they’re Asian Common Toads (Duttaphrynus melanostictus), so nothing too out of the ordinary, just unexpected, plus kinda awesome how I was able to get so close to snap this ‘intimate’ shot of them in the act, warts (literally) and all, lol. #toadporn #goforthandmultiply

See more of my wildlife encounters here (it’s an ongoing work in progress!).

Pic of the Day: Vespa bicolor

black shield wasp

Here’s a Black Shield Wasp (Vespa bicolor) that I personally snapped up close (also using zoom, mind you!) during a recent hike. I only have a phone camera, so it’s not the sharpest pic, unfortunately.

I’m usually terrified of wasps and hornets, but have become somewhat braver ever since I took up hiking, plus this fella barely moved and looked strangely kinda cute. For a hornet, at least!

See more of my wildlife encounters here (still need to grow my list further!).