Check out this great Asian birding tour opportunity from Birding Ecotours. Owner Chris Lotz is a long-time contributor to NTN and is offering a discount to NTN readers for this last-minute travel opportunity.
A Birding Extravaganza in Taiwan with Birding Ecotours
12 days starting April 30, 2016
US$3884 per person sharing
Taiwan not only has great avifauna but also a host of other winning points that make it a wonderful destination for a comfortable ‘Birding Tour Taiwan’ adventure. With about 30 endemics, many endemic subspecies that could be split, and all its migrants and widespread Asian birds because of Taiwan’s position on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, there’s stacks to look forward to. Taiwan is located 100 km east of the coast of China, south of Japan and Korea, and north of the Philippines. Less than 400 km long and 150 km wide, with rugged central mountains and deep valleys, it boasts a very high biodiversity – in a very manageable package.
This Birding Tour Taiwan adventure focuses on the endemics and other East Asian specialities in Taiwan’s well- protected forests. Most of our time will be spent in the mountains, but we will also allow some time in the lowlands and at the coast, looking out for wetland birds. Orchid Island (Lanyu) has several interesting birds. When circumstances allow we will leave time for other aspects of nature, for the fascinating human culture, and for chasing any reported notable vagrants.
Focus: Birds. But also a bit of other aspects of nature and human culture.
Grading: Easy walks on good surfaces. Good photo opportunities.
Climate: From comfortably warm in the lowlands to cool or even cold at the highest points.
• Around 30 endemic species (over 60 subspecies/dubious splits)
• Many other resident and passage birds – lots of widespread East Asian species
• Excellent scenery, varied habitats, flora, and butterflies
• Interesting culture
• Good food, supplemented with familiar snacks and drinks
• Good infrastructure, comfortable, safe, and clean environment
• Adequate time and flexibility built in to chase notable ‘megas’, etc.
Itinerary found here: Taiwan-itinerary-2016