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TAIWAN

Sunday 17th April - Saturday 30th April 2016

Frank Lambert

The stunning Swinhoe's Pheasant was our bird of the trip (Frank Lambert)

The stunning Swinhoe's Pheasant was our bird of the trip (Frank Lambert)

Our tour to Taiwan this year was once again a greatly enjoyable trip, and we were successful in seeing all of the recognisable endemic species and most of the more distinctive endemic subspecies as well. We were unusually lucky in that we enjoyed fine weather for the entire trip, dodging the rain that often plagues visitors to this fascinating and beautiful island. Highlights included stunning Mikado and Swinhoe’s Pheasants that gave prolonged close views on multiple occasions, a superb Fairy Pitta that perched in full view for us, and great views of both Taiwan Hill Partridges and Taiwan Bamboo Partridges. We had wonderful daytime views of Lanyu Scops Owl, enjoyed confiding Malayan Night Herons including one on a nest with three chicks, plus many attractive endemic passerines such as Taiwan Blue Magpies, Collared and “Sombre” Bush Robins, White-whiskered, Rusty and Rufous-capped Laughingthrushes, Black-necklaced and Taiwan Scimitar Babblers, Taiwan Barwing, Steere’s Liocichla, White-eared Sibia, Taiwan Shortwing, Taiwan Wren Babbler, Taiwan Bush Warbler, Taiwan Varied and Yellow Tit, Taiwan Rosefinches, Alpine Accentors and the immaculate but tiny Flamecrest. We saw a huge flock of charming Golden Parrotbills, a pair of Little Forktail and Japanese Paradise Flycatchers, Black-faced Spoonbills, and the distinctive “Red” Oriole. We saw some exciting migrant waders, most in immaculate breeding plumage and a superb Siberian Crane was a great bonus bird. Good mammals seen included Red-and-white Giant Flying Squirrel, Taiwan Serow and leaping Bottle-nosed Dolphins.

Mikado Pheasant was our final endemic in our clean sweep (Frank Lambert)

Mikado Pheasant was our final endemic in our clean sweep (Frank Lambert)