Monday 25 April. We left the hotel before dawn and drove to Beidongyueshan as it was getting light. We walked the track up through excellent forest to the second clearing and back seeing 2 male Swinhoe’s Pheasants, Collared Owlet, White-backed Woodpecker, 2 Yellow Tits, 4 Rufous-faced Warblers, Black-necked Scimitar-Babbler, 6 Rufous-crowned Laughingthrushes, another Rusty Laughingthrush in silhouette, 2 Steere’s Liochiclas, Taiwan Whistling Thrush and 3 White-tailed Robins. We continued east stopping at an deach side of the pass at Hohuanshan where it was noticeably colder. 4 White-whiskered Laughingthrushes, 2 Flamecrests, male White-browed Bush-Robin, 2 Collared Bush Robins, 8 Alpine Accentors and a male Vinaceuos Rosefinch. We continued east down through Taroko Gorge but it was a very popular destination with coach parties and stopping opportunities were limited although we did see 2 Plumbeous Redstarts and another Taiwan Whistling Thrush. We continued south to Taitung, last part in darkness, seeing our first Taiwan Bulbuls almost as soon as we’d left the gorge. We stayed in the basic but convenient Royal Motel but disaster struck when Barry received a text to say the morning’s ferry to Lanyu, that we’d rushed down to be in time for, had been cancelled due to engine failure that would take at least a week to repair.
|first clearing at Beidongyueshan|
|near Hohuanshan pass|
|Red-necked Stint and Great Knot|
|Lesser Sand Plover|
|Temple near Kenting|
|Philippine Duck (left) with Eastern Spotbills|