Birding in Taiwan
Langley, British Columbia, Canada
From Nov. 10 through Nov. 19, 2003, I joined the Birding tour of Taiwan.
We spent three+ days in the mountains of central Taiwan where we found
many passerines, including several species endemic to Taiwan, several
hawks, the Whistling Green-Pigeon, and had excellent views of the Mikado
Pheasant. We then traveled to the west coast lowlands where we observed
many shorebirds, and were treated to good views of the Black-faced Spoonbill
and the Pheasant-tailed Jacana. We drove to the south end of the island
to see the endemic Styan’s Bulbul and the rare Black-naped Oriole, then
returned north, to Taipei and Yangminshan National Park, to see the
Over the course of the 10 days I saw about 160 species, of which over
half were "lifers".
I enjoyed the food immensely. It was always good, and there was plenty
of variety. Sometimes I wasn’t sure what I was eating, but I ate almost
everything and always found it tasty.
I enjoyed visiting Taiwan. The people are very friendly and helpful.
One night I went for a walk after supper and got lost, so I showed people
my hotel key and everyone pointed me in the right direction until I
found my way back.
I was particularly impressed by the efforts made by conservation groups,
the Taiwan government, et al to protect endangered species, notably
the Black-faced Spoonbill, the Fairy Pitta and the Pheasant-tailed Jacana.
Regrettably, there are more species becoming scarce and needing protection,
but only so much can be done, and it is good to see that considerable
effort is being made. I was also glad to see that school children are
taken on field trips to observe the protected birds. This will generate
more help for conservation measures when these children become adults.
Japanese Green Pigeon