Saturday, April 13, 2013

Birdwatching @ Taipei Botanical Gardens Part I


My second time here to the Taipei Botanical Garden and my impression is still as good. Most of the plants are properly labelled and the crowds were actually pretty nice and polite. Even the birdwatchers were friendly, which was really surprising to me, not what I am used to...

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Black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)!! Such a beauty
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Black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
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Educational signs in the gardens, with Braille writing too
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Labels on the trees to inform you that they are protected
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Ficus drupacea figging
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Additional signs to tell you the tree is flowering - at its prettiest :)
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Saraca indica
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Euodia ridleyi -  I have been seeing this planted in various parks in Singapore, glad to learn its name
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ID welcomed
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And of course, another beauty - Malayan night heron (Gorsachius melanolophus)!
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Malayan night heron (Gorsachius melanolophus)
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Malayan night heron (Gorsachius melanolophus)
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Spotted a Common Map (Cyrestis thyodamas)!
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Common Map (Cyrestis thyodamas)
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Birdwatchers stalking a Cinnamon bittern if I remember correctly 
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Cinnamon Bittern (Ixobrychus cinnamomeus)
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Cinnamon Bittern (Ixobrychus cinnamomeus)
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Extremely unfriendly feline who scratched my friend's hand when she attempted to pet him
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Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonicus)
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Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonicus)
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Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonicus)
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Such a cutie!!!!! Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonicus)
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Leea philippinensis
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ID welcomed
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ID welcomed
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Eucalyptus deglupta bark  aka Rainbow Bark :)
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ID welcomed
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ID welcomed
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Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)
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Taiwan barbet (Megalaima nuchalis)
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ID welcomed
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Medinilla fruits
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Passiflora vitifolia
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Passiflora vitifolia
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Alpinia sp
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Alpinia sp
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Alpinia sp
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Alpinia sp
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Aiphanes caryotaefolia
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Aiphanes caryotaefolia - spines even on the underside of leaves! 

Stay tuned for the next post! 

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