Cheung Ho Lam

張顥霖

Cheung Ho Lam

Primary School Student
Interests: Birds (Raptors)

I published Birds Channel when I was 9.

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Eleven-year-old Cheung Ho Lam (Lam) fell in love with birds at the age of eight, when his mother bought him a few field guides on birds. At nine, his mother signed him up for bird watching activities to help him learn the basics of using binoculars, field guides and surveying skills. Since then, Lam has been birding every weekend. Passionate about this hobby, he has even launched the Bird Channel Newsletter, a beautifully hand-drawn zine, to share with his friends and family. Seven issues of this zine have been published to date.

The column “Bird’s Classroom" in Issue 2 talks about ways to distinguish Little Egrets and Great Egrets. The illustrations clearly capture two key features - the body shape and the colour of the beak and claws - that set them apart. Lam, who is especially fond of raptors, included a painting of the Eurasian Eagle Owl as the cover of Issue 4, accurately depicting the colours of the owl's eyes, patterns of the feathers, and thickness of the legs. He has also included a regular column "Rare Bird Report", giving an account of the date, location, and number of birds observed; this includes species like the Verditer Flycatcher spotted on Lung Fu Shan on January 12, 2019, and the Yellow-streaked Warbler recorded on November 7, 2020 in Long Valley. Aside from recording the traces of the birds, he also noted his own birding footprints.

Lam’s advice for aspiring amateur naturalists:
Children interested in bird watching can start doing so at Hong Kong Park or Kowloon Park. There are many different birds at these urban parks, ranging from the Black-crowned Night Heron to the Yellow-crested Cockatoo.

小學生
生態愛好:雀鳥(猛禽)

我9歲出版《雀鳥頻道》

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現年11歲的張灝霖(霖霖),在8歲那年,讀了幾本媽媽帶回來的雀鳥圖鑑,自此愛上觀鳥。9歲時,媽媽幫他報名參與觀鳥活動學習使用望遠鏡、圖鑑與調查技巧,那後他逢週末都到不同地方觀鳥,更自發將調查結果製作成精美的《雀鳥頻道會訊》,與家人和朋友分享,至今已出版第七期。

第二期的「雀鳥教室」專欄介紹分辨小白鷺和大白鷺的方法,插圖凸顯兩大重點:體型以及嘴和腳的顏色,清晰易明。霖霖特別喜歡猛禽,第四期封面便是隻雕鴞,畫中準確地描繪雕鴞眼睛的顏色、羽毛上的斑紋和腿部粗幼。「罕見鳥類報告」是每期的固定專欄,詳細記錄雀鳥出沒的日期、地點、數量。他在2019年1月12日於龍虎山記錄到一隻銅藍鶲,亦在2020年11月7日於塱原紀錄到一隻棕眉柳鶯等,記下鳥蹤,亦記下了他觀鳥的足跡。

給未來業餘博物學家的建議:
有興趣學習觀鳥的小朋友可以先從香港公園和九龍公園開始,這些市區公園可以找到很多不同雀鳥,如夜鷺和小葵花鳳頭鸚鵡等。