Too, too long since the last post here. A quick catch-up.
1. 2014 Checklist.
2. Events coming soon.
3. Other notes from the British Birdfair.
The latest official Taiwan checklist from the local bird federation has been published. 17 new species accepted. Grey-cheeked Fulvetta split. I suspect a couple more, such as the Bamboo Partridge, are on the cusp of also being recognized as full endemics.
See http://www.bird.org.tw/index.php/works/lists or http://www.bird.org.tw/images/docs/The_2014_CWBF_Checklist_of_the_Birds_of_Taiwan_20140710.pdf
2. Upcoming events.
If you know of other details that should be here, please email me.
Kenting Raptor Migration Festival
Taiwan Field Guide
October. Completely new Chinese-language version published. May be sooner - or later.
Foreign teams warmly welcomed.
Asian Bird Fair
November 29-30. Langkawi, Malaysia.
October 25-26. Guandu, Taipei City.
Dasyueshan Bird Race
April 24-26, 2015
April 2015. Baguashan and Guanyinshan.
3. British Birdfair.
I attended the Birdfair at Rutland last month. Here is a review of some of the messages I was trying to get across.
Other than just birds, birds, birds - Taiwan has:
High biodiversity - over 80 endemic and endemic subspecies. On the East Asian - Australasian flyway.
A diversity of butterflies and dragonflies. Alpine to tropical flora...and all in a compact area.
Good infrastructure - roads, accommodation etc. No visas needed.
Safe - low crime, no* leeches, malaria, dengue or rabies. Clean,good hygiene and healthcare.
*...well effectively none!
Great habitats - extensive well-protected mountain forest and wetlands.
Year-round birding, on good trails or roadside. Excellent scenery and other natural distractions.
People - friendly, conservation-minded, and interested in nature. A twitching scene.
Free, democratic, progressive society with an interesting traditional culture.
Birding/Nature companies visiting Taiwan.
Bird Tour Asia
Other Taiwan Guides.
Mr. Hsu, Yen-Hui firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Hung Kuan-Chieh email@example.com
Mr. Jian, Kuen Dar firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Tsai, Mu-Chi email@example.com
Mr. Kao, Lin Chu firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Philip Kuo email@example.com
Mr. Wu, Shumit firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Lai, Mei Sho email@example.com
Natural Kingdom Ms. Chen Chia-en firstname.lastname@example.org
Wayne Hsu email@example.com