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More than 12,000 Chinese goshawks fly past Kenting

2012/09/16 12:47:01

Taipei, Sept. 16 (CNA) More than 12,000 Chinese goshawks flew past Kenting in the southern county of Pingtung Saturday, the highest number in a single day this year, as they migrate south for the winter.

The number of Chinese goshawks passing Kenting peaked during 6:00-7:00 a.m., with over 5,000 birds being recorded.

The number went further up to 12,000 by the day's end, breaking the previous record this year of 9,000 set one day earlier.

So far, 49,000 Chinese goshawks have passed Kenting, according to the latest statistics released by Kenting National Park Headquarters.

Tsai I-jung, a technical specialist at the park, said that still more Chinese goshawks are expected, though they are believed to have been delayed due to the effects of Typhoon Sanba, which stopped the southbound migration.

The 50,000 Chinese goshawks recorded in Tsushima Strait, which lies between Korea and Japan, will therefore arrive in Kenting later, Tsai said.

(By Kuo Chih-hsuan and Scully Hsiao)