Black Kite is the most common raptor in Hong Kong, which is one of the few places around the world where you can see this bird close in the urban area. Yeung Chau, a 5-hectare uninhabited small island opposite Sai Kung Pier, is a major habitat of Black Kite. Over 400 individuals have been recorded on the island. White-bellied Sea Eagle, a Second Grade National Protected Species, is also observed. Only 10 to 14 pairs of the species are known across Hong Kong. Unfortunately, the government has previously proposed developing Yeung Chau into a tourism spot. The island is also favoured by war gamers. The local birds are seriously threatened.
Since 2017, we have been recruiting secondary school teachers and students to form a Black Kite Surveyor Team. After classroom and outdoor training and assessment, the qualified surveyors will regularly record the numbers and behaviour of Black Kites on Yeung Chau. The ecological databank will be used to advocate the designation of Yeung Chau as a nature reserve to protect the species in the long term.2018