ROBERT I. FERGUSON
Robert Ferguson is an award winning photographer, with images appearing in international and local publications.
He currently runs his own daily wildlife blog at www.wildcreatureshongkong.org, and works on content and photography with Kadoorie Farm/Botanical Gardens, as well as with Aquameridian, a local animal conservation NGO.
Robert has lived with his family in Hong Kong for the last 20 years, working in Media, most recently for The Economist and Reuters. He also works with NGOs such as FeedingHongKong, and Aquameridian.
"I have been posting quite a few animal photos on Facebook and Social media for a while, but I was inspired by feedback from people wishing to be able to look up animals, and discover what they are and learn more about them. The website took about a week to build, but the photographs took 22 years to take!"
鏡頭背後. Robert Ferguson 是一位得獎攝影師. 投身於媒體工作的 Robert 與家人在香港生活了20年, 近年主要為 The Economist <<經濟學人>> 及 Reuters 路透社工作。 他亦是一些非政府組織 (NGO) 如 Feeding Hong Kong 樂餉社和亞洲 NGO ASSIST 的合作伙伴。
A few notes on the website content.
This guide can never be comprehensive, so the aim is to provide an easy photographic ID and insight with the links to some of the most common animals and species that you are likely to find on your walks and adventures.
I apologise to my Chinese speaking friends, colleagues and readers, but I need a lot of help in getting text right for you.
I am not a naturalist, but I am a photographer with a passion for our wildlife, and I have learned more in 2018 from doing this blog and researching than perhaps I ever knew to begin with. So, I am sure that there are errors and omissions, but these should hopefully disappear over time and I hope to regularly update and add content.
BEHIND THE LENS
The internet is (almost) infinite, full of more great pictures and content than one could ever hope to absorb; we're here to help narrow it down and focus on Hong Kong wildlife.
Hong Kong was once home to exotic mammals, including: tigers, leopards, pangolin, and other large and wonderful creatures, and it provides the base for our hikes and our eternal hunt to find the best of Hong Kong’s wildlife. We’ve continually explored the subtropical forest, paths and plains, finding numerous insects, reptiles, amphibians, as well as porcupines, masked palm civets, wild boar, ferret badgers, leopard cats and mouse deer. We’ve seen blue-tailed skinks basking in the sun, tiger beetles scuttling on the path in front of us, watched cobras hunt, hundreds of butterflies take flight, huge pythons curled in water catchments, civet cats crawl along branches, and porcupines rustling in the night. And of course all those wonderful birds... the brilliant yellow Japanese white-eyes, the dazzling emerald Sunbirds, chatty Bulbuls and the ubiquitous large and noisy swooping black Kites riding the airwaves.
There is still a way to go for wildlife education and promotion in Hong Kong, although there is a growing movement to protect the beauty of our natural environment and the animals that we live with. We want to be part of this ecological movement and celebrate Hong Kong’s abundant natural world.
Yes, all of these animals are in Hong Kong, and all the images were taken by me except 3 or 4, which i have acknowledged as such. None of the images have been photoshopped. An image processing software is used called Lightroom to organise and convert the files from RAW, and to crop and do basic editing. The images here have been reduced in quality for better/quicker viewing on-screen. To see Exif Data, simply go to the Flickr page. And contact me for prints, posters and postcards.
Lastly, many, many thanks to my favourite animals, my family, and in particular to my wife,
Dr. Sally Ferguson, the best and most lovely wrangler in town, if not the whole world!
這個專頁每天分享一些香港有趣的野生動物，尋找牠們的資訊和欣賞牠們最佳的地方。香港野希望能夠成為你與大自然連接的橋樑，一起學習、發掘和欣賞這些與我們共同居住在香港的小動物們吧！想緊貼香港野的最新動態和欣賞最佳的照片質素？立即讚好和追蹤此專頁，或到 www.hongkongwildcreatures.org 訂閱我們！
Our Vision, Mission and Goals
Vision: A world where all people appreciate and respect the true value and beauty of our natural world - and make their best efforts to conserve it.
Mission: To inspire people to care about our planet and wildlife in Hong Kong.
Goals: Our primary goal is to CONNECT (YOU) TO NATURE, to inspire you to explore our natural world in Hong Kong, so you spend more time learning and appreciating the other creatures that live here.
Our other goal is to help people watch, tour and travel responsibly and make the right choices for sustainable wildlife tourism
Too many to mention...but here goes...
1. Thank you to Kadoorie Farm and Botanical Gardens, for the great work you do, and for using my pics.
2. Thank you to Lung Fu Shan, for helping with Chinese translations and general support
3. Thank you to the AFCD....so many hard workers, working on critical issues, often without much support or help. But they are also part of the government, so come on guys, pull your socks up and do better.
4. Great tour leaders and people who have inspired me like Martin Williams, David Diskin, Dave Willott, Will Sargent, and Adam Francis my co-author on www.hongkongsnakeid.com,
5. Dan/Kevin/Tommy/Abdel/Steve for the greatest herping adventures ever.
6. Aquameridian (and the inspirational Sharon Kwok (for who I do content), WildAid, WWF, TNC and the many, many other wonderful wildlife NGOs who work so passionately for those without a voice
7. To everyone else who has encouraged, lent a photograph, commented, and of course donated! And special thanks to Adonia Lam for translation work, and Colin Chu for those tricky arthropod IDs, and John Allcock for help with birds, Jonathan Yang for butterflies and moths, and Nicole Arnoux for encouragement.
This site was born as a first step towards a larger media idea: to to promote responsible, sustainable wildlife tourism, and to help wildlife watchers and travellers take practical steps to make more informed decisions and be more responsible (lessen their impact) with their wildlife watching and their travel.
Seven Principles of WildCreatures
1. Wildlife Watching and Tourism is not the problem.
2. Markets and The Economics of Conservation matter.
3. Its up to the individual traveller.
4. The positive viewing experience matters.
5. Monitoring and audits matter.
6. Animals, nature and wildlife matter.
7. The future matters.