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March 8, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

The grey-faced buzzard is a type of bird found in Siberia, Northeast China, Japan, and North Korea. Every October it migrates to the Phillipines, Southeast Asia, and Indochina for the winter.

Buzzards feed on insects and amphibians, make their habitat in low to mid-elevation mountainous areas, and often perch on trees or branches near the ground. They fly in a straight line or twisting upward along rising currents of air, seldom beating their wings.

Flying in groups, they are a spectacular sight, and emit a rising “chee-chee”sound. Migration routes are limited to Southeast Asia, and when flying down in the winter from breeding areas in Japan, Siberia, and Northeast China, they pass Hengchun Peninsula. Returning in the spring, they often rest at Baguashan Scenic Area and Dadushan to take advantage of rising air currents.

(Baguashan Eagle Watching Times) The peak migration season occurs during the Spring Equinox in late March. In the early morning, the eagles ride rising air currents and fly north, which is is known as “eagle rising;” in the evening, they search for a resting spot in the valley, folding up their wings and diving into the forest.This is known as “eagle falling.” Oncoming rains force them to land or fly low, making this a good time for eagle watching.

(Baguashan Eagle Watching Locations) Changhua Eagle Viewing Platform, Hongluxue, Lushankeng, Anxiliao, Taifeng Community, Sanqing Temple Front Platform, Qikuang, Baguashan Valley (Changhua), Hengshan Eagle Viewing Platform (Nantou), Houtanjing Recreation Area.

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