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Friday, December 16, 2016, 23:57

Exclusive LEGO model for bird lovers

By Dara Wang

HONG KONG - Starting Friday, visitors to the annual Bird Watching Festival in Hong Kong Wetland Park will be able to build LEGO models of black-faced spoonbills created by Hong Kong's sole LEGO certified professional.

Andy Hung Chi-kin built the model of the endangered bird species exclusively for this year’s festival.

Some 80 black-faced spoonbills overwinter in Deep Bay, including in Mai Po marshes.

Another star bird is the spoon-billed sandpiper, the only one of the world's 213 shorebird species to have a spoon-like bill. The former’s size – more than 70 centimeters tall – is part of the appeal, while the latter is only a shade larger than a sparrow at no more than 16 cm tall.

They are among some 100 species of birds following the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. Birds select the wetland for the winter stay due to the subtropical climate and convenient position, said Joseph Cheung Ka-hong, manager of the park.

The 60-hectare wetland has three bird-watching houses, attracting some 250,000 visitors during the five-month festival every year. Routine events include a bird-watching guided tour, a wetland bird classroom and the black-faced spoonbill thematic exhibition.

The festival ends next April.

dara@chinadailyhk.com
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