Trip report: Taiwan custom tour (Apr-May 2014) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Charley Hesse.This was a custom tour with a slightly different itinerary to our set-departure tour.

Following our incredibly successful set departure tour this year, this slightly shorter custom tour also cleaned up on all the endemic species and almost all the available endemic subspecies. Despite the beautiful endemics, including 2 cracking pheasants and a gorgeous blue magpie, the bird of the trip was the much anticipated Fairy Pitta, which we got killer scope views of at the start of the tour. Even though we didn’t visit Lanyu, we still clocked up an impressive 205 species of birds. Thanks to the rather rainy weather, we had our best ever tour for frogs and thanks to one tour participant in particular; we recorded an amazing 41 species of butterflies. The tour was further characterized by finding several difficult birds for Taiwan, like Little Curlew, Red-necked Phalarope, Grey-headed Lapwing, Black-naped Tern and Plain Flowerpecker. Despite our bad luck with the weather, we had a splendid time, visiting the different areas of this beautiful island with its breath-taking mountain scenery epitomized by the remarkable Taroko Gorge. We had a great time sampling the delicious cuisine that Taiwan has to offer and getting to know a bit about the culture and the people of this fascinating and friendly island.

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