Saturday 23 April. We left the hotel just before dawn and drove to Anmashan a little over two hours away. After stopping at a 7-11 (our chosen source of food!), we birded the agricultural area at km 4 seeing Collared Finchbill, 2 Taiwan Scimitar-Babblers and Chinese Hwamei. I also missed Vineous-throated Parrotbill. We drove on to km 23 and were amazed to see about 80 Taiwanese photographers set up beside the road. This was a Swinhoe’s Pheasant stake-out, seed having been left on the opposite side of the road, but although seen earlier one had not been seen for over an hour. We sat down to wait and before long had excellent views of a pair of Taiwan Hill Partridges, one of the species I was most concerned about seeing, 2 Steere’s Liochiclas and a female White-tailed Robin. We went on to the headquarters to book a couple of rooms for the night and then walked trail 220 eventually seeing 2 Taiwan Bush Warblers and a male Taiwan Shortwing. We finished the day at km 47, another pheasant stake-out. Here in nearly two hours of waiting with about 20 photographers we saw 2 Nutcrackers, 2 White-whiskered Laughingthrushes, 2 Collared Bush-Robins, a pair of Vinaceous Rosefinches and eventually a superb male Mikado Pheasant.
|Taiwan Hill Partridge continually walking out of shot due to digiscoping delays|
|Vinaceous Rosefinches in the gloom|
|Mikado Pheasant stake-out (bird is just above the kerb)|
|Swinhoe's Pheasant stake-out|
|immature male Swinhoe's Pheasant and Steere's Liochicla|
|immature male Swinhoe's Pheasant|
|why did the chicken cross the road?|