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TAIWAN

Sunday 19th April - Saturday 2nd May 2015

Dave Farrow

The rare Fairy Pitta is always a favourite (Dave Farrow)

The rare Fairy Pitta is always a favourite (Dave Farrow)

Our tour to Taiwan this year was once again was a greatly enjoyable trip, and we were successful in seeing all of the recognisable endemic taxa bar one. It was also notable that we enjoyed fine weather most of the time, once again dodging the rain that often plagues visitors to this fascinating and beautiful island. Highlights and favourites of this trip included stunning Mikado and Swinhoe’s Pheasants that gave prolonged views on multiple occasions, a superb Fairy Pitta that revealed himself to us in a jungle gully, and good views of both Taiwan Hill Partridges and Taiwan Bamboo Partridges. We had wonderful daytime views of Lanyu Scops Owl and Northern Boobook, enjoyed several confiding Malayan Night Herons, plus many attractive endemic passerines such as Red Oriole, Taiwan Blue Magpies, Collared Bush Robin, White-whiskered, Rusty and Rufous-capped Laughingthrushes, Black-necklaced and Taiwan Scimitar Babblers, Taiwan Barwing, Steere’s Liocichla, White-eared Sibia, Taiwan Wren Babbler, Taiwan Bush Warbler, Taiwan Varied and Yellow Tit, Taiwan Rosefinches, and the tiny Flamecrest. We saw charming Golden and Vinous-throated Parrotbills, Siberian Rubythroat, Little Forktail and Japanese Paradise Flycatchers, Silver-backed Needletails, Black-faced Spoonbills, and Collared Scops Owls roosting in a temple. We saw some exciting migrant waders such as Little Curlews, a Masked Booby on the ferry to Lanyu, and an immature Siberian Crane – the first record for Taiwan. Good mammals seen were Red-and-white Giant Flying Squirrel and Taiwan Serow.

Little Curlew (Dave Farrow)

Little Curlew (Dave Farrow)