Sunday, June 25, 2017
Though a rather hot Saturday morning on 10 June, I decided to go for a long hike on my own. After having a heavy breakfast at Tai Po Market MTR station, I boarded a 23K mini-bus bringing me to its terminal station at Wun Yiu Road 碗窰路.
Before heading towards the Wilson Trail Section 7, I detoured to Yuen Tun Ha (元墩下), a popular butterfly-hunting ground. Except for a colony of the Euploea midamus midamus (Blue Spotted Crow) and Ideopsis similis similis , I could not find any other less common butterflies.
While going further into the foresed area, I encountered a solidary Tree Flitter (Hyarotis adrastus praba)
Realising that the butterfly activities were rather disappointing, I decided to head towards to Shing Mun Reservoir(城門水塘), via Wilson Trail Setion 7 towards the direction of the Lead Mine Pass.
The trail begins with cement steps going up hill gradually.
After climbing a few hundreds of steps, the terrain becomes rather rocky.
I spotted a few small lycaenids flitting erractically amongst a clump of tall and shady bamboos at the beginning part of the Wilson Trail.
Continued walking leisurelly, I encountered a few damselflies.Lead Mine Pass is not only a nice and serene campsite area.
It is also an ideal and a necessary resting point for hikers before they start their final ascent to conquer the highest mountain of Hong Kong, the Tai Mo Shan via the Maclehose trail stage 8.
Apart from heading north to the highest mountain, there are three other different routes leading to three different places.
At the Shing Mun Reservoir, there was a group of Graphiums puddling on the moist sandy ground. I only managed to take a hasty shot of a very skittish Graphium cloanthus clymenus.
There were some Tigers congreting on the ground and on flowers too. This is a Blue Tiger (Tirumala limiace)
This Rapala manea had a short perch - it scooted off when I was adjusting myself to compose a different shot.
On the contrary, this Chestnut Angle (Odonatoptilum angulata angulatum ) was rather tame and it rested on a fern for a while.
Though the butterfly garden is not very big, the wild flowers there did attract some Blue Spotted Crows (Euploea midamus midamus).
Opposite this garden is the entrance to the Lung Mun Country Trail where I spotted a puddling Paris Peacock (Papilio paris).