A story in the Taipei Times about a man who gave up his job to study Black Kites contains the claim that there are only about three hundred of the birds left in Taiwan. Is that number really accurate? I've been watching and photographing these birds at Tseng-wen reservoir, where perhaps five or six of them live, for the past four years. I've also seen them at Wushantou reservoir and Nanhua reservoir and I was long under the impression that they were as common in Taiwan as they are in neighbouring countries.
That being said, one thing I have noticed on my travels is that I see far fewer birds of prey in central and northern Taiwan than down here in southern Taiwan.