Friday, 6 December 2013

20th November, 2013 TAIWAN 6th Day

Out at dawn and drove to the Blue Gate trail. Stayed to 10.00 am with the highlights being 2 Taiwan Wren Babblers, one of which showed briefly although very well coming right out in the open and sat on a pipe for a few seconds. We then returned back to the lodge at Wushe to pack as we were driving to Anmashan Dasyueshan Forest Reserve, where we arrived around 2.00 pm.

Parts of the Blue Gate trail.

David and Brenda walking the trail.

One of the Wren Babbler stake outs.

Views taken from the Blue Gate trail.

After booking our accommodation for the next four nights in a wooden chalet, at the Forest Reserve HQ, we drove further up the mountain to KM 47 which is the Mikado Pheasant stakeout. Stayed out to dark before returning back to the lodge for a meal. The Mikado Pheasants came out of the forest at around 4.45 pm and fed on grain by the side of the road until dark. Had to set the camera on a very high ISO in the hope that my pictures will come out sharp.

Mikado Pheasant 1 male and 1 female
Eastern Cattle Egret 40
Great White Egret 1
Indian Black Eagle 1 adult
Ashy Woodpigeon 2
Red Turtle Dove 1
Spotted Dove 3
House Swift 70
Grey Treepie 3
Green-backed Tit 1
Yellow Tit 1
Red-rumped Swallow 10
Pacific Swallow 10
Black-throated Tit 10
Chinese Bulbul 6
Himalayan Black Bulbul 20
Yellow-bellied Bush Warbler 2
Rufous-faced Warbler 2
Taiwan Wren-Babbler 2
White-whiskered Bulbul 6
Steere's Liocichla 5
Grey-cheeked Fulvetta 20
White-eared Sibia 6
Taiwan Yuhina 4
Wren 1
Taiwan Whistling Thrush 1
Eye-browed Thrush 1
Taiwan Shortwing heard singing only
White-tailed Robin 1 male
Tree Sparrow
Grey Wagtail 1
Vinaceous Rosefinch 1 male
Brown Bullfinch



Pair of Mikado Pheasants at KM47 at Anmashan Dasyueshan.
They came out of the forest at dusk to feed on the road-side and
stayed for around 30 minutes. Because of the low light levels,
I had to set the camera on the maximum ISO level and used the
camera on the tripod.