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Bird fans asked to be quiet around nesting site of owl family in Hong Kong
Sighting of seven of the highly elusive nocturnal birds has attracted a wave of visitors, sparking concerns over the animals being stressed out
South China Morning Post Excerpt
May 7, 2018


Collared Scops Owl Juvenile.領角鴞幼鳥. by 老鴨 Tse, on Flickr


Collared Scops Owl (Juvenile).領角鴞幼鳥. by 老鴨 Tse, on Flickr


Collared Scops Owl (Juvenile).領角鴞幼鳥. by 老鴨 Tse, on Flickr

Photography enthusiasts have flocked to capture shots of owls recently spotted nesting on trees in Lok Wah Street Playground in Wong Tai Sin, Hong Kong.

A group of seven collared scops owls, or Otus lettia, comprising a mating pair and their five offspring were found residing in a tree hole. The feathered family has been drawing crowds of bird watchers and photographers.

The species is widely distributed across the city but rarely sighted as they are nocturnal birds and frequent remote woodlands for nesting, according to Hong Kong Bird Watching Society’s senior conservation officer Woo Ming-chuan.

At about 6.30am on Monday, police were called in after some overzealous visitors were reported to have used flashlights while taking pictures, and placing the birds under stress.

The society suggested that the public refrain from visiting the area to catch a glimpse of the owls as they were in the midst of the breeding season from March till June.
 
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