Tainan: Black Faced Spoonbill

Where can I find a guide to show me these birds? I’m getting a min-su out in Qigu hopefully on Wed.

There’s a wetland info centre in Qigu, open 9-5, but I don’t have binoculars and I figure I might need someone who does and knows where to go.

http://www.swcoast-nsa.gov.tw/03_tour/scenery_view.aspx?sn=61

You don’t need a guide and there are high powered binoculars at the ovservation area. Buf you can always contact Richard Foster at Barking Deer if you want a guide.

Thanks MM, you’re the second person to say that, so if they’re that accessible I’ll just run along on the day and see those spoonbills. Numbers are up on last year, so there are plenty about.

http://taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=200778&ctNode=413

If you hop along up the coast to Chiayi you can check out the Aogu Wetlands. They have walking trails, loads of birds, and it’s a lovely place in general.

Thanks MM, you’re the second person to say that, so if they’re that accessible I’ll just run along on the day and see those spoonbills. Numbers are up on last year, so there are plenty about.

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Well essnlentially as you drive into the area you will be directed by signs t the lookout info areas. They are well placed within long range views of common feeding areas. There is no guarantee but I have always seen them. Note you will be a few hundred metres from any flock.

And yes to Aogu. Lovely place.

Ok, looking forward to it. And thanks both for Aogu, I’'ll ride on up through there after Qigu.

The Black Faced Spoonbill Conservation and Management Center has a great display and good information on the spoonbills. However if you want to see the birds, you need to go to one of the bird watching stations that are further west on the same road. The first station has high-powered telescopes, live videos of the birds and very enthusiastic volunteers. That station also has parking spaces off the road. The second station was not open the last few times I visited.

Make sure you have transport. There’s none out here!

Had 2 wheels, and it took about 40 mins to cycle to the center from Qigu (via Longshan), and that ain’t straightforward. It’s a large flat area, and roads can get confusing. But I did get there, and thought the Conservation and Management Center was A1. They had a live feed of the birds, and a whole raft of everything you could ever want to know about spoonbills (and other waders in the area).

Got to the actual viewing sites eventually, and spent some time watching them through the telescope (provided 8.30 to 4.30, though she was still there until 5.20 today). Those spoonbills were great to watch, had a ball, nice day out.

Been wanting to see them for ages :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:.

look! baby spoonbills!!!


so cute~ (melt)

Hardcore balut.

indeed… though the egg itself looks no bigger than a duck egg…