The botanical gardens gave us our first insight into Taiwan's birds, and our first chance to tick some endemics, with Taiwan Barbet being number one on my list (though my photos were not at all good). There were small flocks of Black Bulbuls near the entrance (like little Choughs or Black-fronted Nunbirds) and much larger flocks of elderly Taiwanes enjoying the gardens to exercise , do Tai Chi etc. The biggest flock of all was a group of photographers wh were keenly snapping juvenile Crested Goshawk, as well as Asian Brown and Grey-streaked Flycatchers.
Probable Japanese Paradise Flycatcher, Yehliu Geopark
Blue Rock Thrush, Yehliu Geopark
Yehliu Geopark, at the northern tip of the Taiwan mainland, was one of the busiest places I have ever visited, with shuffling masses of parasol toting tourists coming to see the 'unusually shaped' rocks, having been to the ugly gladiatorial arena to see the 'performing' dolphins. A few hundred yards further along, suddenly the crowds thinned to nothing. From here we walked to the Magic Toilets where a few hopeful photographers were awaiting migrants. The paradise flycatcher was the highlight here, and the eastern race Blue Rock Thrush was one of a few out on the rocks and cliffs.