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Taiwan owls?

Taiwan owls?

Postby Lo Bo To » 14 Apr 2006, 02:07

I was at the park late at night with my dog a couple of weeks ago.

I heard a bird that sounded like an owl.

Has anyone seen any owls here?

Collared Owlet
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Collared Owl
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Spotted Scops Owl
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May have been one of these
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Postby brianlkennedy » 14 Apr 2006, 06:04

Yeah, a fairly big one too. He/she had to be about 10 inches tall. I could tell because I was looking at it from about 3 feet away. This was about a year back at the Shilin Courthouse. The classroom is up on the 4th floor and there are some trees surrounding the building. And as luck would have it the Courthouse Owl was in a tree directly outside the windown of the classroom.

All during class (which was over the long lunch hour) people who were not in the class nonetheless "snuck in" to check out the owl including a number of prosecutors who had to have a photo of it.
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Postby Mordeth » 14 Apr 2006, 12:10

My brother got hit in the chest by an owl while on his motorbike...knocked him clear off the bike.
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Postby sandman » 14 Apr 2006, 12:13

Aren't they cool? The little scops owls are fairly common here and often let you get pretty close, but there are probably a dozen or species found here. I'll check my bird book tonight.
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Postby Mucha Man » 14 Apr 2006, 12:43

I hear one most nights when I walk around the university ring-road in Muzha. Haven't seen him yet but he's always in the same area.
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Postby Lo Bo To » 14 Apr 2006, 13:54

Formosan mountain scops owl
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Lanyu (Orchid) Island
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What gorgeous creatures.

Sandman. Did you say you have a book about birds in Taiwan?

If so where did you get it and how much was it?
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Postby sandman » 14 Apr 2006, 13:59

I did and I do. I put a pic of the cover on Forumosa some time ago but can't find it anymore. It wasn't expensive and it's very useful indeed. It's a small field guide with colour plates of the birds, distribution maps for each one, Chinese name, Linnean name, English name and a brief description in Chinese. You can get it at Eslite or someplace like that, I'm sure.
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Postby Little Yellow Dog » 14 Apr 2006, 21:39

I saw one in the park about 8 months ago. It was perched on a wire. I watched it, and it watched me for about 5 minutes. Very cool indeed. Seeing a bird like that in a fairly urban area gave me hope. Maybe we haven't screwed things up too badly...yet... But then again, if it likes to eat rodents and whatnot, maybe it should be hanging 'round the night market. :D
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Postby Lo Bo To » 14 Apr 2006, 22:57

I was on an island in the North of Malaysia eating dinner a few years back. I was eating at a picnic table under a tree. All of a sudden my friend had a really shocked expression on his face as he looked up in the tree.

I look up and there was a huge owl perched on a branch just a few meters from us just staring at us. This thing was maybe 60cm tall. Gorgeous animal. It actually scared the hell out of me cause I didn't know it was there.

I really want to see one here. Time for a trip to Lanyu (Orchid island).
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Postby Richardm » 14 Apr 2006, 23:41

I was driving down from Yangming Shan last week. I don't remember exactly where, but there was a sign that said, "Owl crossing". I thought it was a little strange.
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