Raptor watch­ing swoops over North­ern Tai­wan

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Bird lovers wish­ing to bid farewell to rap­tors that are about to mi­grate north from Tai­wan are in­vited to Guanyin­shan in New Taipei, where guided tours will be held, event or­ga­niz­ers said Satur­day.

The peak migration pe­riod for birds of prey is about to con­clude as spring ends, the North Coast and Guanyin­shan Na­tional Scenic Area said, en­cour­ag­ing the public to grab the last chance to check out birds of prey such as grey-faced buz­zards, Chi­nese spar­row hawks and crested ser­pent ea­gles.

The area has recorded a hun­dred-odd bird sight­ings since March, when the migration sea­son be­gan, of­fi­cials said.

On April 25, the scenic area will host eco­tourism events to cel­e­brate the rap­tors’ north­ern migration, fea­tur­ing guided bird­watch­ing tours.

Less in­ten­sive events will in­clude lec­tures, a farm­ers’ mar­ket and a dis­play of raptor sketches, of­fi­cials said.

Peak migration sea­son for rap­tors be­gins around the Spring Equinox in late March, when fre­quent rain­fall forces them to land or fly low, mak­ing it a good op­por­tu­nity for bird­ers, the ad­min­is­tra­tion said.

Taipei- based Chi­nese Wild Bird Fed­er­a­tion said that be­sides Guanyin­shan, Baguashan in the cen­tral county of Changhua, and Kent­ing at the south­ern­most tip of Tai­wan are among the best places to catch a glimpse of the aerial preda­tors.

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