Sunday 3 November 2019

Taiwanese Endemics

I have just returned from an epic four day birding trip to Taiwan. I birded my socks off from dawn to dusk and am totally shattered. I didn't see everything, that would have been miraculous, but I had a bloody good go and saw the vast majority of the endemics that make this island so special.

I have nearly completed my trip report, 7,500 words rattled off with ease. At university I had to write a dissertation on some vague aspect of french art and literature. It was 10,000 words and at the time seemed to be torture. I can't remember exactly how long it took, but it was weeks and weeks, eking out a hundred words at a time. Writing about Taiwanese birds took no effort whatsoever, a matter of hours. I guess if you are interested in what you are writing about then it simply flows. How do I get paid for birding? As it is I am heading back to banking tomorrow, however I am doing so in a state of extreme satisfaction. Birding a brand new location with nothing but a field guide is the pinnacle of birding enjoyment as far as I am concerned - back to square one, no preconceived knowledge, no assumptions, nothing taken for granted. Careful observation and graft, piecing together glimpses and sounds, putting together a trip list. You can't beat it.

I'll publish the report soon, but in the meantime here are some Swinhoe's Pheasants, one of the stand-out special birds high on the list of desires of visiting birders.


  1. Looking forward to reading the trip report.

    1. It is on the way! Day by day format on here starting this evening, and then the full version will be on