Black Faced Spoonbills

Do you see them?
There are lots of them!
Wow, there are so many!
Oh hello, Time for Taiwan friends.
We’re at the Taijiang National Park in Tainan today…
…birdwatching, or I should say, black faced spoonbill watching.
That’s right. And…I counted 71.
Really? I counted 72.
Seventy two?
Yeah, you missed one on the side.
No, 71.
No, 72. I win.
OK, you win.
What is the Chinese name of the black faced spoonbills?
In Chinese, they're called heimian pilu, or heipi for short.
Oh ok. Look! What a happy heipi.
Happy heipi, that’s cute! Hey happy heipi.
That heipi looks happy to me.
Heipi happy. Happy heipi.
Michella, can we come to Tainan all year long to watch the spoonbills?
You probably want to come in the winter.
Oh, migratory birds.
Right. Because normally, they live on the islands off of North and South Korea, but it gets too cold over there in the winter, so they fly south and some will continue on to places like Vietnam, but most will stay in this Tainan area.
I understand them.
The food here is really good. Actually, after the milkfish season ends, the farms are mostly untouched and the spoonbills can feed off of whatever fish that’s left.
A bit like a Tainan style wedding banquet.
Yeah, bring your friends, bring your family, you don't need an invitation.


All you can eat.
The place we visited earlier was originally zoned for industrial development. But after it was found that the black faced spoonbills like to come here in the winter, the government actually left it as is and now, it’s more or less a bird sanctuary.
Yeah, because the spoonbills are an endangered species. Though things are getting better now because back in 1988, there were less than 300 specimens alive in the world. And now we are up to 3,000 and on a good day in Tainan, you can see 300 to 400.
Wow, that's quite an improvement. But still they need to be protected. I’m happy that we got to see so many today.
Yeah, and the thing is, Tainan is not only a good place to see spoonbills, because, in terms ornithology, I am a complete layman, but I could spot half a dozen species. I think it’s a perfect place for a bird watcher to come and take pictures and just look at nature.

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黑皮探索趣

有沒有看到?
好多隻喔!
好多隻喔∼
喔,台灣好好玩的朋友,大家好∼
我們今天來到位於台南的台江國家公園...
賞鳥∼ 賞黑面琵鷺。
沒錯。我數了71隻。
真的嗎?我數72隻。
72?
對啊,旁邊那隻妳沒算到。
哪有。71隻。
亂講。72。我贏了。
好啦,你贏啦。
黑面琵鷺的中文怎麼講?
中文叫做heimian pilu,簡稱黑皮。
你看,快樂(嘿皮)的黑皮。
嘿皮的黑皮,好可愛!
看起來就是一隻快樂的黑皮。
黑皮嘿皮。嘿皮黑皮。
我們全年都能來台南黑皮嗎?
冬天來可能比較好。
喔,他們是候鳥。
沒錯。通常牠們住在南北韓附近的島嶼,但冬天太冷了,所以牠們就會往南飛,有的會繼續飛到越南等地方,不過大部分會留在台南這邊。
我能夠理解為什麼留在這裡。
這邊料理好吃吧?其實,虱目魚季節結束後,黑皮可以到魚塭裡面吃剩下沒有被撈起的魚。
有點像台南式的流水席喜酒。
對啊,親朋好友,左鄰右舍,通通來,不需要帖子。
而且吃到飽!
我們剛才去的地方原本是規劃要做工業區,但發現黑皮喜歡來這裡之後,政府沒有讓工業發展,現在就變成鳥類的保育地了。
嗯,因為黑皮是瀕臨絕種的野生動物。現在狀況比較好了,回到1988年,當時全世界只有300隻,現在有大約3,000隻,在台南,一天可以看到300到400隻。
真的進步很多,不過牠們還是需要被保護。我很開心我們今天看到好多隻。
對啊,而且來到台南,不只可以看到黑皮,我本身是賞鳥笨蛋,但今天我自己就看得出有超過12個不同的種類。我覺得這是一個非常適合賞鳥愛好者來玩,來拍照,來欣賞大自然的地方。