Siberian Crane in Taiwan

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Subject: Siberian Crane in Taiwan
From: Tun Pin Ong <>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 15:10:13 +0800
This is a Far East rarity twitch for any one planning to visit Taiwan or 
transit in Taipei in near future. 

Quite similar case like the Long-billed Dowitcher in Victoria as the national 
first ever record. However for a bus trip of only 1.5 hrs from Taipei central 
and the global rarity of the bird, I thought it is worthwhile to share this.

An exceptionally tame 1st winter Siberian Crane turning up at an organic 
farming patch (1st ever in Taiwan) since early Dec 2014 has caused quite a stir 
among the local birders and conservationists. Its movement has been confined to 
a very small patch of field and is constantly monitored on its diet and 
I have just returned from a very short 3 nights stay in Taiwan (my 1st ever 
trip to the country). Mainly a social and family focused trip, but I still 
managed to take a 1.5 hours bus trip (#1815 Platform 7 from city hall bus 
interchange, departs averagely half hourly) to visit the site on Sat 27/12/2014 
to the site and the bird was feeding and roosting right beside the carpark of 
the iconic 7-eleven store (w toilet and lunch facilities).

Following is the facebook fan page set up for the Crane. Unfortunately it is 
mostly in chinese and my posting is one of very few in English.

[Latest update is that the crane was attacked by stray dogs at its night roost. 
Volunteers chased away the dogs and scar was observed on the neck the next 
morning. Hope more preventive actions will be taken]

Following are few of my photos taken on site. The weather while I was there was 
miserably damp and dim but we were lucky to view and photograph it under the 
shelter of a farmer's hut.

I have managed to find only one news in English so far. Note: pls don't confuse 
this w Beijing's China.

Happy to translate or answer any logistics questions or forward Ur queries to 
the relevant party. 
Taiwan is a very safe country. The Taiwanese are generally very friendly and 
helpful, except that English is not as widely understood as other parts of Asia 
such as Singapore or Malaysia.

Tun Pin Ong

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