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A gaggle of rare migratory bean geese flock to Penghu for rest and relaxation
稀有冬候鳥 寒林豆雁澎湖現蹤

A gaggle of rare bean geese stop over at Chenggong Reservoir on Penghu Island on Nov. 1 for a relaxing swim and to hunt for food.

Photo: Courtesy of Chou Lee-chao

Winter is upon us and a flock of winter migratory birds has again stopped over on Penghu Island. On Nov. 1, six large ducks appeared at the Penghu Chenggong Reservoir and flocked on the water for a leisurely swim and to hunt for food. A bird watcher, surnamed Lee, who discovered the birds, informed the Wild Bird Society of Penghu, who verified the birds as rare migratory “bean geese.” Because bean geese are naturally wary, the society has called upon the public not to disturb their ecological environment and to admire the birds from a distance.

According to the literature, bean geese are classified as a rare winter migratory bird. The male and female are identical in appearance, and they are naturally wary and predisposed to living in wide-open spaces. They remain alert with their necks outstretched while feeding on grass and seedlings and emit a dull honking sound.

Although bean geese are a type of large duck, they differ from normal geese in that they are innately wary and become agitated easily. If their resting environment is not large enough, they will not dare to linger; therefore they are rarely seen in Penghu and Taiwan in general. It is thought that the birds have appeared in Penghu Chenggong Reservoir this time due to the high level of rainfall this year. With the reservoir’s water level full-to-brimming, the surface area of the lake is comparatively large, which also makes it easy for the birds to hunt for food. This is why the bean geese chose the reservoir as their temporary stopover point, which has provided a feast for the eyes of bird watchers.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Edward Jones)



1. flock v.

成群結隊 (cheng2 qun2 jie2 dui4)

例: Every year a large number of high school graduates flock to the seaside to celebrate.


2. admire v.

欣賞 (xin1 shang3)

例: I really admire the layout of this garden.


3. a feast for the eyes phr.

大飽眼福 (da4 bao3 yan3 fu2)

例: The lead actor’s superb performance in the film gave moviegoers a feast for the eyes.





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