Two birds minding their own business in the vicinity
of the Kwun Tong Ferry Pier
Another pair of birds occupied spots at the waterfront
A few minutes before sunset today, I went to the Kwun Tong Ferry Pier to take the North Point-Kwun Tong ferry operated by the Fortune Ferry Company. Upon finding out that I had just missed a ferry and the next one wouldn't set off for another 25 minutes or so, I got to amusing myself once more with doing some birdwatching in the vicinity of the pier.
Granted that it's not akin to birdwatching at the Mai Po Nature Reserve or even the Hong Kong Wetland Park; not least in terms of their being considerably fewer birds and less species variety at Kwun Tong. At the same time, I do find it fascinating to see as many large birds (including herons and egrets) -- rather than just pigeons and sparrows -- in this urban part of "Asia's World City" as is often the case.
I do realize that one of the reasons more of these larger birds are to be found in this area (as opposed to, say, the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier or the ferry piers at Central) is because the Kwun Tong Ferry Pier is not very busy most times of the day; with passenger numbers having dwindled considerably after the opening of the MTR in 1979 and then the Eastern Cross-Harbour Tunnel in 1999.
Still, it's not exactly as though Kwun Tong is a wasteland or out in the boonies. Indeed, it's been an industrial as well as residential area for a number of decades now. And while it's true enough that Hong Kong ceased to be a light manufacturing center some years back, Kwun Tong has experienced a renaissance of sorts in recent years -- with such as a major shopping complex and commercial center that includes a number of skyscrapers that wouldn't look out of place in Central having been established there, and some major film companies (including Johnnie To's Milkyway Image and Peter Chan Ho-sun's We Pictures), art galleries and music companies having chosen to base themselves in the area.
In addition, the largest bus terminus in Kowloon is located very close to the Kwun Tong Ferry Pier. But you wouldn't have thought that, if you were making judgements based on the photos at the top of this blog post alone, would you? ;b