Goshawks fly over Taiwan
More than 6,300 Chinese goshawks, a migratory bird that travels through Taiwan every year, flew over Kenting (墾丁) earlier this month as the annual bird-watching season entered its peak period. The ferocious raptors arrived on time this year, with hundreds being recorded in the first eight days of the month, the Kenting National Park Headquarters said. Tsai Yi-jung (蔡乙榮), a technical specialist at the park, said the migratory bird’s numbers usually surge around Sept. 10. Every autumn, the birds migrate south from eastern China and the Korean Peninsula, flying over Kyushu, the Ryukyu Islands, Kenting and the Bashi Channel before arriving in the Philippines or other spots in Southeast Asia for the winter. Next month, large flocks of gray-faced buzzard eagles, also known as “National Day birds” in Taiwan, are expected in the country around National Day on Oct. 10, the park said.
Cameras to catch litterers
The Taipei City Government’s Department of Environmental Protection said 24 infrared cameras will be installed this month around the city to curb littering. The department said that during a trial run, three cameras placed in Wanhua District (萬華) in March recorded 160 cases of littering as of Sept. 4. On average, each camera recorded nine cases per month, which could replace one inspector, who catches an average of 8.3 cases a month, the department said. The cameras also have the added advantage of recording license plates better than inspectors so offenders on scooters or in cars can be apprehended, it said. There has already been progress in reducing littering, with the average monthly number of cases reported increasing to 1,258 between January and last month, compared with 480 in the same period last year, it said.