Hong Kong’s suffocating pollution, human density and hyperactivity are well known. Less known are its pockets of natural beauty which only exist to those who look. These pictures were recently taken by Richard Kok at Yuen Long.After the pictures is a little story about Lucky HK Birds.
F l a s h F i c t i o n : Lucky Hong Kong Birds
A mere forty-minute drive away, in busy Central, sparrows and pigeons were having a sophisticated meal next to an affluent garbage bin, twittering. They momentarily scattered when a sweaty man in three-piece suit walked hurriedly by. He threw a colourful paper bag at the bin and missed. A pigeon expertly unwrapped it. “Look! More than half a burger!” A few of his friends fluttered in to join.
“Humans often don’t finish their lunches on muggy days like this.” An old pigeon commented insightfully. “When they sweat, they lose appetite.”
“We should be thankful for these ready meals you know,” a chubby one said, pecking leisurely at a piece of fish burger a scrawny lady on high-heels had deposited. “Little egrets up north have to hunt their own fish. Sometimes they fly and fight all morning without catching even a minnow.”
“And when they do, they eat it raw, without ketchup,” said a little sparrow with a chunk of buffalo fries between beak. “Can you imagine swallowing a live fish, feeling it wriggling all the way down your throat?”
“Yuk! That’s barbaric. Disgusting. I wish some animal-right activist would do something.”
The old pigeon hopped on top of the garbage bin with a full stomach, gazing northward with compassionate eyes. “The humans are building more cities up there. Let’s hope the poor egrets would be able to eat like us civilised birds one day soon.”