Huge Numbers of Shark Fins Harvested in Taiwan

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A local group claims Taiwan kills up to 3.86 taiwan shark fins sharkmillion sharks each year for their fins.

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A Grey-tailed Tattler flagged In Taiwan returns annually

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You may remember my recent posts where we discovered a Little Tern that had been flagged in Taiwan on Cable Beach. I immediately contacted the banders in Taiwan and they confirmed that it was one of their birds and it had received its metal band and flags on 4th August 2012 at Kinmen Island in Taiwan and had not been observed since! The other interesting fact is that it has never been observed back in Taiwan and it has never been observed anywhere else in the Flyway.

Ligers in China

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A private zoo operator in Taiwan cross-bred lions and tigers, resulting in three "liger" cubs. From Focus Taiwan. The Environmental and Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST) said Huang, who possesses an array of wildlife, should be dealt with harshly to deter others from copying the behavior. Tags: zoos taiwan tigers lion endangered species One died and the other two were seized for sheltering at a research institution.

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Moon Bears Rescued from Bile Farm in Vietnam

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A Little Tern flagged in Taiwan visits Australia

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This indicated that the Little Tern had been captured in Taiwan. Little Tern “M1” from Taiwan with Greater Sand Plovers. We have observed an individually marked Grey-tailed Tattler from Taiwan each year in the non-breeding part of their year since late 2012 and it is especially nice to see its safe return to Broome each year. Little Tern “M1” from Taiwan with Greater Sand Plovers.

Black-faced Spoonbill

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In Taiwan, two major sanctuaries have been allocated as part of the spoonbill recovery program. In Taiwan, where around 60% of the birds spend the winter, they are reliant on the Large-scaled Mullet, but this small fish is also endangered so much of the conservation effort is directed at preserving the spoonbills’ food supply. It has a number of favoured wintering sites of which Taiwan is the most popular, harbouring around 60% of the world’s population.

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Bird Found on Plane

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A songbird was found on a flight between Taiwan and Los Angeles and authorities believed it escaped from the custody of someone trying to smuggle it. The bird was not identified to species, which is kind of frustrating. This serves as a reminder that there are always jerks out there willing to break the law to fulfill demand from other jerks who don’t understand that wild birds should be left in the wild. Asides

Mexican Warblers

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I have taken refuge on the high ground as Irene batters the east coast of North America and Nanmadol swamps the Philipines, Taiwan and east China, but my thoughts and best wishes are with anyone who has been affected by the storms. If Mexico City itself was not high enough, the mountains to the south rise above 12,300 feet and I was there looking for a Sierra Madre Sparrow to confirm a sighting of this rare and local sparrow from 15 years ago.

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Liberal or literal?

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The Collared Finchbill is found quite commonly in Taiwan, N Indochina and S China, but being present in Beijing would extend its range by over 450 miles to the north and eBird were keen to get some additional details when I tried to submit the sighting. This week brings the quandary of whether suspect provenance should disqualify a bird from my life-list.

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Canada’s Naughtiest Dog contest

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A Terek Sandpiper flagged in Japan visits Australia

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I had only just written about the observation of a Little Tern flagged in Taiwan last week when another flagged bird from overseas placed itself in our path! The Little Tern was also blue and white flags, but it was a white flag above a blue flag on the left tarsus and that indicates it has been flagged in Taiwan. This time we were walking the beach near the port in Broome where we regularly encounter large flocks of shorebirds at this time of year.

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Reddell Beach shorebirds

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In fact we are still observing our Grey-tailed Tattler that was flagged in Taiwan on 4th August 2012 and returns to Broome each year in the non-breeding season! Reddell Beach or Riddell Beach, depending on your source of information is a very picturesque beach in Broome between the port of Broome and Gantheaume Point. It varies from Cable Beach , because rather than white sand and white sand dunes it offers pindan red cliffs and the dirt does stain!

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Three Amazing Things

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A throat swab sent to the Taiwan Centres For Disease Control helped scientists identify H6N1, a subtype of avian flu that has been spreading in chickens. Migration Shift Cause Better Understood. Birds have been migrating earlier. The mechanism by which this is happening in at least some species of birds is very interesting. If you know a lot about birds, this might be entirely expected. I’d love to know if you think this is surprising. First, climate change is the ultimate cause.

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Greater Sand Plover with abnormal colouration

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A fine example of site faithfulness in shorebirds can be shown by the Grey-tailed Tattler “35” that was flagged in Taiwan in August 2012 and has returned to our local beach during the non-breeding season for five years now. Over the years that we have birded we have observed some variation in the plumage of birds including a Crimson Finch that wasn’t crimson, but orange.

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Back to the beach!

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I have observed a Greater Sand Plover carrying flags from Taiwan and a Red-necked Stint marked in the Bohai region of China and they have flown a long way to be with me on a beach in Broome. It is good to be home! There have been a lot of good birds seen in the Northern Territory over the past few weeks , but this is home. It is good to go down the beach and have it all to yourself apart from a lot of shorebirds this time of year!

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The wonders of migration

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In Taiwan there are also migratory shorebirds passing through and they also upload photographs of individually marked birds on their website and detail the history of the birds. The time has come… sadly we are losing huge numbers of migratory shorebirds as they head off on their journey north. It is a sad and a happy time for us all here as they head off to the northern hemisphere.

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Comebackers

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They bred on a number of islands near Japan and Taiwan, and ranged widely and abundantly from the Aleutian Islands south through California. If you ask this Great Ornithologist, extinction is an extremely depressing issue. For mankind to snatch away a species’ very existence is wrong on so many levels that I can’t begin to explain them. It is the ultimate expression of ignorance, greed, and rampant anthropocentrism that seemingly drives cultures around the world.

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Shorebirds of Roebuck Bay

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We have seen most of the individually marked birds that have been seen in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China this year back in Broome, so that is encouraging to both us and the overseas observer. We have spent most of our time recently with the shorebirds of Roebuck Bay. They have returned from the north, though more are returning and there is very little knowledge on their arrival back in the Bay.

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Red-necked Stint with a Japanese flag

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I also have a Grey-tailed Tattler that visits us and was marked with a plain white and an engraved blue flag “35″ in Taiwan in August 2012. At this time of year in Broome there are thousands of migratory shorebirds along the shores of Roebuck Bay and in the township itself and along Cable Beach. They have been here for several months and are currently changing into their breeding plumage and fattening up.

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Tropical Cyclone Iggy

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The rest of the birds had been marked locally, but we still took down the details as the next time they are observed may well be in Taiwan, China or Korea. We have had a wet week in Broome with a tropical low to our north and further down the coast there is a cyclone. This cyclone has been named Cyclone Iggy and is a dominant circle on our satellite image of Western Australia.

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Gantheaume Point shorebirds

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The shorebirds need to consume as much as they can before they set off north with their next stop likely to be several days later in Taiwan or China. Last week I introduced you to the magnificent sight of thousands of shorebirds roosting on Reddell Beach at high tide at this time of year before they head north on migration. In Broome our lives evolve around the tides when considering any coastal activity, because our tides are some of the largest in the southern hemisphere.

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Duck Migration

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in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea in future weeks.I

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Autumn colours

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I am currently busy entering data on a voluntary basis for about 3500 shorebirds, so everything is up to date when I get reports of these birds in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea in future weeks.

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