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Pingtung researchers catch birds of prey on camera at new birdhouse (2021/01/13)
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    Pingtung researchers catch birds of prey on camera at new birdhouse (2021/01/13)

    A birdhouse set up in the fields of Pingtung has given local scientists a fascinating view into the life of birds of prey in the area. Experts at National Pingtung University of Science and Technology set up the birdhouse to give raptors somewhere to rest in clear-cut fields with few trees. And the raptors' habit of catching rodents is a big help for farmers. Let's see which visitors the birdcam caught so far.

    A collared scops owl peers inquisitively at the camera. What a cutie. The next day, there are two, having a little chat.

    Researchers at National Pingtung University of Science and Technology have set up this house for birds of prey in a field near the college. A camera on the house catches everything that goes on, day or night.

    Today a black-winged kite comes a-calling, with a big mouse in his beak. A good day's meal. The camera also caught this black drongo swallow down a grasshopper in one gulp.

    Hung Hsiao-yu
    NPUST Institute of Wildlife Conservation
    Sometimes birds stand on the auto-camera itself, or too close to it. So we made a little thing to put on top to stop them doing that.

    The birdhouse is set up in a wide open space, on a branch set near the top of a pole. It stands about 8 meters in the air.

    Hung Hsiao-yu
    NPUST Institute of Wildlife Conservation
    In a wide open field area like this, birds don't have anywhere to land and rest. So we set up this birdhouse to give them a space to relax on. And we take photos and video to see which birds use it and what they do there.

    But the birdhouse has one more function too.

    Hung Hsiao-yu
    NPUST Institute of Wildlife Conservation
    It attracts birds of prey to the fields, and then they help farmers by catching rodents, so they can rely less on the use of rodent poison.

    Researchers say almost all the birds using the installation are indeed birds of prey. The little birdhouse is a win-win-win, for wildlife, researchers, and local farmers.

    中文 Chinese  
    猛禽怎抓老鼠?屏科大田間24小時攝影記錄

    屏科大鳥類生態研究室在農田設立了一隻猛禽棲架,還裝上攝錄機,24小時錄影,意外拍下許多有趣畫面,各種鳥類生態全都錄,其實猛禽棲架不只是為了觀察,也替猛禽鳥類提供一個棲息處,更順道替農田抓老鼠,減少農藥。

    領角鴞對著鏡頭好奇探頭探腦,模樣好可愛,隔天還飛來兩隻說起悄悄話。

    屏科大鳥類生態研究室在農田設立猛禽棲架,裝上監視器觀察生態,24小時全都錄。

    這天一隻黑翅鳶到訪,還順吃起剛抓來的老鼠,飽餐一頓;同樣在棲架上享用美食的還有這隻大卷尾,蚱蜢一口吞下。

    [[屏科大野保所研究員 洪孝宇]]
    "有時候鳥會站在自動相機上面,或是站離相機太近,所以我們弄一些裝置,讓鳥不要在自動相機上面。"

    猛禽棲架設在空曠農園,長度大約8公尺的竹竿,在接近頂端裝上支條,就成為野生猛禽棲息處

    [[屏科大野保所研究員 洪孝宇]]
    "因為在一片很空曠農田裡面,鳥沒有什麼可以棲息的地方,所以我們設了這樣一個棲架子以後,等於提供他們一個休息站,我們也拍照跟錄影,看看有什麼鳥來利用,有什麼樣的行為。"

    其實猛禽棲架,還有一個特別的用處。

    [[屏科大野保所研究員 洪孝宇]]
    "可以吸引猛禽到他的田裡面來,就可以幫他抓老鼠,就盡量不要依賴老鼠藥使用。"

    大部分來棲息的都是猛禽類,除了是研究員的小小觀察室,也能讓農民減少噴農藥,成為友善農園。
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