Jo Ann Mackenzie, a Canadian who has participated in or co-led 15 birding tours in Taiwan, isn't surprised.
"My first tour was in March 2003," MacKenzie said in an e-mail interview last month. "You might say I 'fell in love' with Taiwan then, and I still feel that way. Because Taiwan is a safe country - good infrastructure, stable, democratic, with beautiful scenery, wonderful food, and friendly and welcoming people - it's a perfect introduction to Asia."
MacKenzie, the executive secretary of the International Taiwan Birding Association (Canada), says foreign bird enthusiasts often leave Taiwan greatly impressed -- not only by the avian treasures they've seen, but also by other facets of the country.
The entire article is here. The photo is of a Black-browed Barbet, sometimes known as a Muller's Barbet.