This blog is for family and friends, to share my feelings and photos with and for myself, to support my fading memory and improve my Japanese. I intend to do some writing in kanji, but am not getting very far without a Japanese computer. So for the moment I say "konnichi wa". Aisatsu dake - just saying hello.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Mt. Dasyueshan, Taiwan Swinhoe's Pheasant

Swinhoe's Pheasant

After 3 days Taipei I left early in the morning with Wayne, my birding pal and his friend Patrick, who came along because he had a car and liked birds too. From Taichung we went inland to the mountain called Dasyueshan, of which Anmanshan is a part. There is no public transport that way except for 1 bus on Saturday and 1 on Sunday, so Patrick played a very important role. His little suzuki was most uncomfortable, but it got us there.
We arrived around 11 at a place halfway up, known for sightings of the endemic Swinhoe's Pheasant. Sitting on the side of the road we peered into the thick forest and to my surprise we didn't have to wait long. A magnificent male with all blue, red and white feathers present darted across the road just to our right. He strolled a bit around the clearance on the other side, looking for scraps that somebody doubtlessly put there. This feeding practice is not looked well upon, but it does supply a photo chance!

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