This morning I explored a new place, Jhungliao Mountain (large hill by Taiwan standards) Kaohsiung County. Will certainly be back.
#3 passes under it, near where Kaohsiung becomes Pingtung. There is a
section of ‘Moonworld’ on the north side, and a distinctive long bridge
on the south side where crossing the Gaoping River. On top there is a
small village, small fields (little farming allowed to prevent erosion),
and many communication-related transmitters.
best way up it is via road #40 (need to confirm that!) that starts on
#21 just south of Qishan Town. Be aware if continuing on down into Yenchao -
there are many small roads to ensure you get lost. Bring a GPS (SatNav)
were plenty of treepies, monarchs, lack bulbuls, serpent eagles and
collared finchbills to be seen as well as a single maroon oriole and
blue rock-thrush. I suspect it should be good for raptors - a great view
over the Kaohsiung area and Gaoping River. Was irritated not to be able
to identify a browinsh colored flycatcher, just didn’t match anything
likely perfectly. Will twist and turn on it in bed tonight...
a visit to the small but nice Pheasant-tailed Jacana Reserve. Many
thanks to a stranger for pointing out the latest sandpiper...I really struggle
to get excited about IDing them. Bird of the day the Jacanas (below, in summer plumage) - not any sandpiper. Lots of locations north of Tainan
City, not just the main reserve, have easy to find Black-faced
Spoonbills. Over 1500 reported in the general area.
best way to get to the Pheasant-tailed Jacana Reserve (at
Hulipu/Guantien) by car is: from Freeways #1 or #3 turn onto Expressway
84 (the section between #1 and #3), exit at Xizhuang, turn right (East)
on #171, after about 1 kilometer take the road to the left (signposted
in English), the reserve will on your right-hand side after about 1 km.
Closed every Monday, and for the last few days of every month from the 25th.
New birds seen at Jhongliao Mountain, Kaohsiung.
Crested Goshawk Accipiter trivirgatus "Endemic subspecies (A. t. formosae)"
Black-faced Bunting Emberiza spodocephala
Barred Buttonquail Turnix suscitator "Endemic subspecies (T. s. rostratus)"
New Birds seen at Pheasant-tailed Jacana Reserve, Tainan.
Pheasant-tailed Jacana Hydrophasianus chirurgus
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
New birds seen at Sihcao, Tainan.
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus