TAIWAN, 3rd-7th May 2006
was less than one month before the trip when we decided to have a
birding trip to Taiwan. Our group, my son (Ayuwat), Dr. Rangsrit
Kanjanavanit, Dr. Suparat Kanjanavanit, and I, did research on the
internet and the Lonely Planet to plan for the trip. As our trip
was to be a very short one, good planning was crucial. We found
that this website (www.birdingintaiwan.com)
is the most helpful source of information on birding in Taiwan. We
are indebted to Jo Ann MacKenzie and Simon Liao for their
suggestion and arrangement for this trip.
birding site of our trip was Huisun Forest Station. The
magnificent Formosan Magpie and the brilliant Maroon Oriole (we
later called it ‘Scarlet Oriole’!) made a warm welcome to us at
the Huisun Gate. When we checked in at the hotel, we were amazed
to see a Malayan Night-Heron walking in the hotel garden at close
Next day we
moved to Chingjing, passing the beautiful landscape of the central
mountain range of
Parrotbill, Collared Finchbill, and Steere’s Liochchla were easily
seen near the Chinjing Resort, where we stayed for two nights.
Birding at the famous Blue Gate Trail #1, we saw more endemic
species, White-eared Sibia, Yellow Tit, Taiwan Yuhina, Swinhoe’s
Pheasant, and Taiwan Partridge. Bird of the trip, Collared
Bush-Robin, was seen at the narrow road separating Blue Gate Trail
#1 from Blue Gate Trail #2.
higher elevation, without disturbance of rain and fog, we were
lucky on the last day to see Vinaceous Rosefinch, White-whiskered
Laughingthrush, Streak-throated Fulvetta, and our last endemic
species, Flamecrest. After that, we drove back to the airport on
time to return to Thailand.
birding trip in
was only a short one, we were impressed by the beautiful landscape
and forest, the hospitality of people we met (both at
Taiwan and the
Internet), the quality of accommodation (Thanks to Jo Ann and
Simon, again), and the Birds.