For me, one of the most exciting (and hardest) parts of experiencing a new place is always becoming familiar with the local birds. No matter that I've notched 250+ species in East Africa, since I've moved to Taiwan it's been rather slow going. Sometimes species overlap, but there are differences in taxonomy and naming protocols not to mention completely new habitats, elevational gradients, local variations, and pockets of particular species.
Taiwan has an enormously vibrant community of avian enthusiasts, but a relative lack in English language reference materials. The Taipei Wild Bird Society has published some materials (and the first English-language field guide to the birds of Taiwan is dropping in October!!!), but for new-comers and non-birders alike, I decided to put together a very brief field guide of some of the more common species that I see around our home in Dashe District, Taiwan.
Feel free to download the guide for personal use either by clicking on download icon on the file embedded above or via Google Drive.
Anna was not feeling great this morning, so we stayed in and read for most of the day. This afternoon we decided to get out and do a little exploring and road birding.
One of the cooler experiences was coming upon a Crested Serpent-Eagle perched on a palm at the edge of a pineapple field while two others circled overhead calling. Not sure why this one was perched and allowed up to approach, but it appears that the eagle's right eye had some sort of infection.