Trip report: Taiwan Photo Journey (Nov 2013)

Guided by Keith Barnes

Taiwan is spectacular. It has the highest density of peaks over 3000 metres on Earth, and it is both visually stunning and spiritually rich, with Taoism, Buddism and Confucianism all widespread. The island has also become a mecca recently for bird photographers, with several important and productive hides being set up and other areas where amazing pheasants have become immune to the presence of humans, making photographing these once incredibly shy denizens of the forest, straightforward and easy. The incredible game birds aside, there are a suite of fabulous Asian babblers, robins and other flock birds that keep the shutter trigger semi- permanently depressed as we move around the island.

This tour was a typical one. Short, and productive, we were able to get great shots of both endemic pheasants as well as the cute and photogenic Taiwan Partridge, and several other super birds included. I have outlined the basic itinerary and then just allowed the photos to talk for themselves with a gallery of images to whet the appetite. Tropical Birding now has an office in Taiwan, and we can arrange this type of trip at the drop of a hat any time of the year. So if you have a business trip, or are passing through the far east, consider adding 5 days to your time in Taiwan, I can assure you, you will not be disappointed.

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