Thursday, 5 December 2013

19th November, 2013 TAIWAN 5th Day

A much better night and must have slept for over 8 hours. Out by dawn and drove to the Beigongyueseshan trail and walked the whole trail right up to the tea plantation and back. Highlights being Swinhoe's Pheasants, both Indian Black and Mountain Hawk Eagles, Dusky Fulvetta, several White's Thrushes and David had a male Snowy-browed Flycatcher.

Entrance to the Beigongyueseshan trail

Two views along the Beigongyueseshan trail

Tea Plantation at the end of the trail.

We then drove up to the Hehuanshan Pass at 10,000 ft. where we birded until dusk, with the highlights included a Flamecrest, 2 superb male Collared Bush Robins, our first Bevan's Bullfinch and 6 Vinaceous Rosefinches.


Views taken at the Hehuanshan Pass

Ice patch from a leak.

Sunset at the Hehuanshan Pass

Swinhoe's Pheasant 2 females along the Beigongyueseshan trail.
Indian Black Eagle 1
Mountain Hawk Eagle 1
Oriental Turtle Dove 2
Grey-chinned Minivet 6
Jay 2
Green-backed Tit 2
Yellow Tit 4 along the Beigongyueseshan trail
Pacific Swallow 20
Asian House Martin 3
Black-throated Tit 30
Chinese Bulbul 1
Yellow-bellied Bush Warbler 1
Rufous-faced Warbler 8
White-whiskered Laughingthrush 4
Steere's Liocichla 6
Taiwan Barwing 2
Taiwan Fulvetta 2
Dusky Fulvetta 1 along the Beigongyueseshan trail
Grey-cheeked Fulvetta 25
White-eared Sibia 60
Taiwan Yuhina 15
White-bellied Erponis 1
Flamecrest 1 at the Hehuanshan Pass
Wren 4
Nuthatch 1
White's Thrush 6
Pale Thrush 1 at the Hehuanshan Pass
Collared Bush Robin 2 males at the Hehuanshan Pass
Red-flanked Bluetail 1
Plumbeous Redstart 6
White-tailed Robin 2 males along the Beigongyueseshan trail
Snowy-browed Flycatcher 1 male along the Beigongyueseshan trail (DC).
Vivid Niltava 1male
Tree Sparrow
Grey Wagtail 2
Vinaceous Rosefinch 6 at the Hehuanshan Pass.
Bevan's Bullfinch 1 male of the race owstoni  at the Hehuanshan Pass.

Indian Black Eagle drifting high over the Beigongyueseshan trail.


White's Thrush along the Beigongyueseshan trail. 


Yellow-bellied Bush Warbler along the Beigongyueseshan trail. 

Male White-tailed Robin along the Beigongyueseshan trail. 



Female Swinhoe's Pheasant crossing over the Beigongyueseshan trail.

Male Grey-chinned Minivet along the Beigongyueseshan trail.


Pale Thrush along the Beigongyueseshan trail.


Our second White-tailed Robin of the morning along the Beigongyueseshan trail.

White-eared Sibia along the Beigongyueseshan trail.

Taiwan Barwing along the Beigongyueseshan trail.


Adult male Bevans Bullfinch of the race owstoni at the Hehuanshan Pass

Looking down on a Wren at 10,000 ft on the Hehuanshan Pass



Adult male Vinaceous Rosefinch at the Hehuanshan Pass

JFC photographing the male Rosefinch

White-whiskered Laughingthrush at the Hehuanshan Pass

Looking down on our first Collared Bush Robin on the Hehuanshan Pass

Yellow-bellied Bush Warbler at the Hehuanshan Pass

Common Sailor Butterfly