Fierce Falcons

Most people think the cheetah is the fastest animal in the world. These big cats can run at 105 km/h.

Certainly cheetahs are the fastest animals on land, but the peregrine falcon can move much faster. It is the fastest animal on Earth!

Monday, 25 July, 2011, 12:00am

Birds of prey get ready to take wing at new Ocean Park exhibit

Ocean Park trainers are preparing a flock of new arrivals for the public gaze - not pandas or endangered fish, but raptors.

The four protected species of raptor - the steppe eagle, Lanner falcon, striated caracara and turkey vulture - will go on view for the first time in Hong Kong from February 13, to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

15 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Seized falcons ready to regain their freedom

Ten endangered female falcons seized from smugglers in Hong Kong last year will be released into the wild in Beijing on Friday - but fears persist about their long-term survival.

4 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Scavenger birds familiar sight

The Black Kite (or Black Eared Kite) is one of the most familiar of Hong Kong's birds, often seen gliding above the hills or harbour.

You will be able to recognise it by the fork in its tail. Other birds of prey in Hong Kong - buzzards, eagles, harriers and falcons - have square or rounded tails.

28 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Pet trade fines may rise

PET hawkers may be threatened with a 12-fold rise in penalties and more frequent raids under plans to crack down on sales and breeding.

The Agriculture and Fisheries Department has proposed an increase of fines for hawking animals from $2,000 to $25,000 and Urban Councillors want closer ties between the two bodies.

15 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

GDTs out to stop hawking

YOUR correspondent, Salinias Sun, complained about late night hawkers in Chengtu Road, Aberdeen (South China Morning Post, February 6).

The Urban Services Department is equally concerned.

To combat the situation, the duty hours of the department's General Duty Teams in the Southern District have been extended to late at night since the end of December.

23 Feb 1993 - 12:00am