Nature Photography Tour New Territories, Hong Kong
This specialised Nature photography tour will be led by John Holmes or David Diskin. Both of these guides combine their love of nature with an interest in photography. Many of John’s images of birds have appeared in the monumental Handbook of the Birds of the World and David took the photographs that illustrate his Hong Kong Nature Walks: The New Territories and Hong Kong Nature Walks: Kowloon, Hong Kong and Outlying Islands.
Our private nature photography tours are tailor-made to the clients’ particular requirements. Generalnature photography tours may take in Tai Po Kau and Long Valley.
Tai Po Kau is the most mature and varied forest in the HKSAR. This 460-hectare site was declared a nature reserve in 1977 and is rich in flora and fauna. It contains over 100 different species of trees. In addition over 160 species of birds, 102 species of butterflies and 50 species of dragonflies have been recorded.
Long Valley is situated close to the Chinese border. In contrast to the forest, this is an area of open countryside, consisting of wet and dry agriculture, marshland and ponds. The area attracts a wide variety of birds in winter and is good for dragonflies during the summer months. The agricultural landscape itself presents a variety of photographic opportunities.
If your interest is in bird photography, the tour may focus on the world-famous Mai Po Nature Reserve. When the tide is suitable, the hides on the reserve provide excellent opportunities for photographing water birds. Long Valley is also an excellent site for the bird photographer.
We can also organise tours for those whose primary interest is butterfly photography. Sites visited might include Fung Yuen Butterfly Reserve, Tai Po Kau and Three Fathoms Cove – all excellent sites favoured by lepidopterists.
All our tours are personalised and we cater to all levels of expertise. The focus of our nature photography will depend upon the interests of the participants, the equipment they have available and also the season of the year.
Cost: Full day HK$2,400.00 for one or two people, HK$3,000.00 for three people, HK$3,600 for four people.Half day: HK$1,200.00 for one or two people, HK$1,800.00 for three people, HK$2,400 for four people.
Note that if the tour involves a visit to Mai Po, a special permit is need. This costs an extra HK$120 (May-Oct) or HK$150 (Nov-Apr), payable in cash to WWF at the reserve on the day. Walk Hong Kong arranges the permits for clients.
Timing: The timing of the full day tour (8+ hours) will depend on the requirements of the client. The half day schedule is usually 4-5 hours. The exact itinerary is customized to a client’s individual interests.
Meeting Point: Pick-up and drop off for outings is normally at one of the stations on the East Rail Line. The exact station depends on the itinerary. Transport to and from the station is by private car.
Facilities:Toilets en route. A picnic lunch and bottles of water will be provided on a full day tour, although these will have to be carried by the participants.Lunch is usually not provided on a half day tour.
Photographic equipment: Camera/lens(es), some form of carrying case that is also weatherproof. Battery - charged/spare - very important Memory cards - available space - very important Tripod (if you have one)
General requirements Please provide us with a contact phone number in Hong Kong, or the name of the hotel where you are staying, plus the name the booking is made in. We need notification of any cancellation before the morning of your tour. It is also important that you ring us if you are delayed.
Footwear We recommend you wear either robust walking shoes or trainers. Casual sandals or open shoes are not suitable for the trails in Tai Po Kau or the dirt bunds at Long Valley.
Clothing Sun and rainfall can be intense and a hat is recommended. During the winter season (November - March) temperatures can drop with a chilling wind, so a sweater/fleece is advisable. During the wet season (April - September) a waterproof jacket is recommended. In warmer months (May - October) it is advisable to carry a spare T-shirt or other garment to change into at the end of the day.
Skin Protection Suntan lotion should be used throughout the year, and applied frequently during the hike. Insect repellent is recommended, especially during the warmer months in Tai Po Kau.
Personal needs Please notify us of any medical conditions that we should be aware of. We will assume clients have their own medications for asthma or known illnesses.
Payment Payment can be made in cash at the start of the tour, or by electronic money transfer pre-tour. Prices quoted in Hong Kong dollars. HK$7.75 = US$1.00.