Saturday 30 April (continued). We arrived at Huisun mid-late morning and spent the rest of day there seeing male Swinhoe’s Pheasant, 4 Malay Night Heron, 2 Formosan Blue Magpies and 2 Taiwan Varied Tits, the later taking most of the day to find and then remaining high in the trees making viewing difficult. At dusk we drove for an hour to Puli where we stayed in a hotel on one of the main streets.
|Malay Night Herons|
|male Swinhoe's Pheasant|
|Huben roundabout, must be getting close ...|
Tuesday 3 May. We were on the road opposite the pitta blind before dawn hoping the Fairy Pitta would call again to give us a better idea of where it was. I’d left my scope and SLR behind to be less encumbered should it be necessary to go in. We sat with increasing anxiety for twenty minutes, past the time it had called the previous day, before it did so again. This time it did respond and soon Barry picked out a silhouette in the top of one of the nearer trees. It was the right shape and the right colours were discerned in the gloom before it dropped out of sight. We walked around and got better, but still brief, views before it settled in an area in front of the pitta blind. Here it performed off and on for two hours giving excellent views. My only regret was only being able to take digibined photos of it. It eventually stopped calling and we returned to breakfast relieved and elated. The pitta had colour-rings and a radio aerial that had apparently been fitted several years before. The area it was calling from had been a territory in previous years but not 2010. We had the rest of the day and decided to return to Anmashan via some near coastal wetlands mentioned in a Birdfinding Guide. We didn’t find the exact spot but beside a big river near Dali saw 4 Barred Buttonquail, Greater Painted-Snipe, Black-browed Reed Warbler, male Pin-tailed Whydah!!, 2 Pechora Pipits and 6 Black-faced Buntings. The last few hours of the day at Anmashan produced Chinese Hwamei and 3 Vinous-throated Parrotbills at km 4 and 2 Rusty Laughingthrushes (good views at last), 5 White-eared Sibias and 2 Taiwan Yuhinas at km 23. Returned to Novotel and an early morning flight home.
|Fairy Pitta (radio tagged and colour ringed)|
|me happy at Huben|
|squirrel at Anmashan|