Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Forest Night Glider

After the satisfying dinner, is time to try our luck on the mysterious animals that glide from tree to tree at night. I heard so much about it but yet to see it myself of this huge squirrel that can "fly". 
 We start from the entrance of the reserve.
We hear some familiar calls from the top of the tree at the end of this road,  we follow the call and try to pinpoint the location.
Red & White Giant Flying Squirrel
 Not just the call but we see movement too. Wow! We found it! The mysterious Red & White Giant Flying Squirrel glide and stop right on top of us!
Red & White Giant Flying Squirrel
This squirrel measured from head to tail is about 1 meter but to me, it is just way too cute. Compare to other squirrel this is definitely huge but on its own, isn't it cute!
Red & White Giant Flying Squirrel
Not a bad start to our 1st day of birding in Dahshueshan. Looking forward to more exciting finding tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Tianchih - Pond in the sky

After check-in and keep our luggage, is time to explore the beauty of Dasyueshan. We have the whole afternoon before dinner and we have plan after dark too.
Tianche - Dahxueshan
We will be exploring Tianchih which is part of the area at Siaoxueshan. I have no idea why it is called Tianchih,  means Pond in the sky in Chinese. Perhaps due to the high altitude?


The whole area turn pinkish red as we step out of the car in the car park. I can't help but keep taking photos of the maple leafs looks a like. These are actually Snake Bark Maple (Acer rubescens) tree that are endemic to Taiwan.
I even try to re-create the photo I took in Japan with Mt Fuji at the background.
Didn't manage to take it with clear blue sky. I can only imagine how beautiful it is with the reflection of the sky in the water.
Lichen is doing really well here. They can be found on every tree around here.
No luck for me as there is no snow this winter at Dasyueshan. Not often to have snow here, but when it does, it will be extremely beautiful.
The sun is setting and we can't wait for it get darker soon.
We go for early dinner and is almost dark now. Can't wait to look for the mysterious flying squirrel after dark later. Wish me luck...

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Dessert On The Way To Dasyueshan National Forest

After hours of driving, we stop at around KM22 of Dahsyueshan Boulevard for a break. This stretch of road is actually a favorite spot among birders.
Maritime striped squirrel
I was awe by the beauty of the blooming and suddenly saw some thing moving swiftly from branch to branch. With the help of my lens, is the Maritime striped squirrel. So cute!
White-tailed Robin
Below the tree are equally interesting. Saw this White-tailed Robin showing off his iconic tail.
Steere's liocichla
Is good to see Steere's liocichla again after so long. The last time I saw it was exactly 10 years ago when I first visited Taiwan.
Snowy-browed flycatcher
 Among the thick undergrowth, saw this Snowy-browed flycatcher.
Taiwan yuhina
Look at the huge bee that fly pass this Taiwan Yuhina. The name Taiwan Yuhina suggest that this is the endemic species of Taiwan.
Morrison's Fulvetta
I spend quite some time waiting for this Morrison's Fulvetta to come to the open with no luck.
Swinhoe's pheasant
Just when the Morrison's Fulvetta fly away,  Swinhoe's pheasant appear and steal the limelight.
Green-backed tit
We slowly make our way to the viewing platform at KM22.5. Green-backed tit was feeding on Idesia fruits. Is the buffet festival for all the birds during this period.
Vivid niltava
One have to really decide what they want to watch or take photo with. Wave after wave the birds will take turns to feed on this fruiting tree. Saw this Vivid niltava feeding quietly away from the main wave.
Yellow tit
This Yellow tit not here for the fruits but looking for  other small invertebrates or insect that attracted by the fruits. This tit was halfway feeding on a huge larvae that is still holding on tightly on the tree branch.
White-backed woodpecker
 I didn't manage to get a good shot of the male. This is the female White-backed woodpecker.
White-eared sibia
The last bird that we saw is this White-eared sibia before we continue to check in at Visitor Center. Not a bad dessert before the main birding feast at Dasyueshan. ;)