I was looking at Muzha Man’s pics of the pangolin he saw in Taidong, pretty cool. It got me thinking what wild animals I have seen in Taiwan over the years.
One of the most impressive sights I have seen was the circling of hundreds of eagles in Hsinchu on their annual migration between Phillipines, Taiwan and China. Another cool sight was seeing hundreds of wild butterflies gathered together (at least a dozen species) in a side valley of Taroko gorge. Other great natual sights I have seen are firefly displays in the Neiwan and Hsinchu area and flying squirrels in the Chiayi area. I have also seen the Taiwan magpie and some impressive kingfishers a few times.
I have seen Taiwan black bears but only in captivity in a government forest reserve (the same one as the National Geographic program). Personally I would love to see one in the wild.
Amazingly my friend who was only here for a week saw a leopard cat on the road in Taroko.
Taiwan’s biological resources are still not fully researched. For instance I noticed many years ago butterflies flying in from the ocean at Fulong beach. It was only a couple of years ago they were proven to be coming in from Japan, something most scientists didn’t believe previously.
So anybody else have any interesting stories or pics?