the egretry slaughter happened on june 6. it is now june 10, still cannot let go of the heartbreaking and anger in my chest.
i can comprehend residents there less fond of the egretry – birds excretion, feathers and food leftover equals to quite a level of nuisance.
but people complained and then authorities made reckless reaction to “solve the problem” base on “human first” rationale is disgusting and arrogant and ignorant.
what on earth are these people thinking – human kind is the ruler of the world and the only species worth taking of???
i first knew about this site of special scientific value only few years back. every time when i heard about my environmental / conservationist friends talking about this place, they all talk about the site in high regards and with fascination of the magical density and scale of egret of various species in a place so in the middle of the city.
i still remember the first time visiting there, the old tai po police hq was still under revitalization renovation. the instructor of the tour talked about the negative effect of the construction on the number of egret there. who would have guessed after the construction completed and the opening of the “green hub”, when the tranquil and nature environment has finally re-settled in, a more brutal damage was brought to this place.
these few days, petition signed, keep following environmental groups and governmental response to the situation, but still very upset. i can only comfort myself by reminding myself to stay diligent and deliver the message of respecting all species on earth to everybody i am coming across. the other thing i can do is putting up this post, venting my griveances.
下面是去年2016年5月底一個中下午的觀察。綠林中有不同品種的鷺鳥，還有白鷺一家大小。 to try channeling my emotions, i am writing this post. sharing here some of the photos took last year in the end of may, some better moments of the egretry, with different species standing on the tree tops and a happy family of white egret.
- 這是英文新聞網站 HKFP 6月7日對事件的報導(英文) here is an account of what happened: ‘No common sense’: Uproar after gov’t pruners insist on trimming trees, killing and injuring baby birds (source: hkfp on 7jun2017)
- 明報6月8日的社評(先有英文譯文，中文原文在下面) and this is the editorial of ming pao daily, with english on top and chinese the original text at the bottom: “Editorial : Egregious error at Tai Po Egretry / 明報社評：官僚害命雛鳥何辜 城市需要「生命親和」
- 還有香港觀鳥會今天在臉書的貼文 hong kong bird watching society just posted this on facebook today, 10june: