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TAIWAN

Sunday 20th April - Saturday 3rd May 2014

Dave Farrow

Fairy Pitta (Dave Farrow)

Fairy Pitta (Dave Farrow)

This year’s tour to Taiwan was a greatly enjoyable trip that was successful in seeing all bar one of the recognisable endemic taxa, and was notable in that we enjoyed fine weather for most of the time, dodging the rain that often plagues visitors to this fascinating island. Highlights and favourites included a showy Fairy Pitta (our ‘Bird-of-the-Trip’), stunning male Mikado and Swinhoe’s Pheasants both walking on the roadsides, Taiwan Hill Partridges feeding on a gloomy forest floor, endearingly tame White-whiskered Laughingthrushes plus Rusty and Rufous-crowned Laughingthrushes, Taiwan Barwing, Yellow Tit, the gloriously ripe Taiwan Rosefinches, tiny Flamecrests and some charming Golden Parrotbills. We had wonderful daytime views of Lanyu Scops Owl and Northern Boobooks, found several very confiding Malayan Night Herons plus two nests with chicks, and migrant shorebirds on the coastal wetlands included two fine Asian Dowitchers, Long-toed Stints, and hordes of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, to add to the spectacle of scores of Black-faced Spoonbills. A few passerine migrants were also noted, such as Chestnut-cheeked Starling and Pechora Pipit, all adding up to a handsome tally of great birds.

Mikado Pheasant (Werner Mueller)

Mikado Pheasant (Werner Mueller)