Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Formosan Whistling-Thrush

There are 24 endemic species in Taiwan. My goal is to be able to photograph all of them. Not so easy as most of them nest in the deep mountain. It requires a good transportation, rain gear, and be able to trek for long time. My strategy is to check out few places without taking my camera with me and return with full preparation. So far, I got four, 20 more species to go.

Formosan Whistling-Thrush (台灣紫嘯鶇 Myophonus insularis) - Black overall to metallic blue color show only in a good light. They are not sexually dimorphic and like to forage near creek and stream. They are solitary foragers even during breeding season. Feed on insects, earthworms, fish or small amphibians. Thanks to my brother's 20/20 vision spotted this gorgeous bird in the rain for me :)

Formosan Whistling-Thrush or Taiwan Whistling-Thrush

Since the year of 1500, there are over 190 species of birds have gone extinction.  Currently there are about 1200 considered to be under threat of extinction. Watching wild bird in their habitat brings me the greatest enjoyment. My hope is to awaken public's consciousness of protecting nature and wildlife through my photography and cinematography. -- Happy Birding! -- Linda

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