Birder's Guide

MAR 2015

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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42 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2015 臺灣 Taiwan forms ponds and lakes, it is possible to see the scarce Mandarin Duck, possibly the most spectacular of the world's waterfowl, in its natural home. The island offers more than just endemic-rich for- ests. Rivers draining the precipitous interior termi- nate at estuaries and mangrove swamps. Being located astride one wing of the East Asian Flyway, Taiwan is a critical stopover point for migrants between main- land China and the Philippines. The best times for mi- grants are September–October and March–April, when thousands of waders and waterfowl pass through. Every year, more than half of the world's Black-faced Spoonbills come to the Tsengwen Estuary, just north of Tainan. These spoonbills—among the world's rar- est large wading birds, with a total global popula- tion of some 2,500—come from their North Korean breeding grounds and faithfully spend each winter at Tsengwen. Joining them are other rare waterbirds, such Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Photo © shih-wei Taiwan Yuhina. Photo © Keith Barnes Taiwan Whistling-thrush. Photo © 阿堯

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