Wildlife is not exactly in abundance here in Hong Kong but there are enough pets and bugs to keep amateur photographers interested.. here are some of my more iconic images.
There is a perception that Hong Kong is a concrete jungle and that is true in certain parts of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon but remarkably we have a lot of park land as well (about 80% of land in Hong Kong is green / mountainous) so it is no surprise that we have creatures that live in our jungle environments that are the stuff of nightmares like this Golden Orb spider which is huge (it can have a leg span of well over 15cm) and in the past 6 months or so I have come across quite a few at the Peak on Hong Kong Island.
I am very aware that this is not wildlife, nor is it a bug or a pet but this is a frequent sight in our wet markets, these fish are sliced and diced in such a way that the heart keeps pumping for quite some time, ergo the fish remains fresh as the heart keeps pumping blood around the body. For those interested in fish anatomy it is a wonderful experience.
I have always considered a great bug shot to be the holy grail of amateur photography particularly when you get an image like this with a simple point and shot camera on auto setting. I generally have no patience for these shots, on this day I got lucky
A lot of shops and stalls in Hong Kong have a cat on the premises and this is certainly one of the more interesting images I have taken, my only thought is whether cats actually like dried fish?
All one can do is shake one's head in wonderment at to why anyone would think that this makes a poodle more attractive.
Yes, this really is a herd of wild cattle in Sai Kung out in the New Territories and yes they do amble around the roads and side streets.
These horrible creatures are not cute and cuddly and I speak from experience having had a run in with this one in December 2012 at the Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery in Shatin in the New Territories. They are nasty buggers with a set of teeth that will take your leg off and they have a mean disposition. It took about an hour for my heart to stop racing after I had beaten off it's attack. (and I had 4 witnesses to the attack!)
If you see one take my advice, beat a hasty exit and don't look back.... oh.. did I mention that there are over 2,000 of these blighters around the New Territories.
... and talking of beasts that will take your leg off, I got the evil eye from this old and mangy dog as I strolled past. creepy, very creepy.
If you have seen the great Alligator / Crocodile movies, Lake Placid and Rogue then you are not going to be impressed with this specimen in the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens on Hong Kong Island.... what we really need is a bad tempered 20ft Australian crocodile, that will increase visitor numbers!
Hong Kong has 14 venomous land snakes that will put the willies up you although only 8 are considered lethal.
The King Cobra, the Cobra, the Banded Krait and my personal favourite the Pit Viper to name just four and you can run into them in the Hong Kong version of the "bush" .....now, it would be fair to say that the chances of you encountering a snake is somewhat low but I have personally come across a cobra and a viper on my travels around Hong Kong in the past year.
If you read the excellent book Gweilo by Martin Booth there is a chapter devoted to cobra's at the Peak!
Kids love bugs and there are loads of them at the Peak, most of them harmless!
I run into these scary buggers at the Peak on a regular basis, they are about 7 - 8 inches long.
Yes, they can give you a nasty bite but on the plus side you can see them a mile away and if they get frisky just squish them!
If you are still willing to make the trek to the Bird Market in Mongkok, near Prince Edward MTR Station then you will see some beautiful birds on display.
I do personal walking tours around Hong Kong, I am on the streets every day and I have a somewhat interesting perspective of this wonderful city I have called my home for 37 years. My private walking tours are perfect for visitors who want a detailed overview of Hong Kong prior to exploring on their own and for people who are only here for a day or two who want to make the most of their limited time here.
Many clients book me for their first full day in Hong Kong, they get to see the best that Hong Kong has to offer + a crash course on our wonderful public transport system and then they go exploring for the rest of their stay armed with step by step instructions and recommendations from me....
...oh, and if you book a tour then you are booking a tour with me, I do not employ other guides.