Every year when autumn is just around the corner (the period called Bailu), tens of thousands of cattle egrets visit Taixing of Meishan Township, Chiayi County. Until early October, visitors can see marvelous scenery of these white, long-necked birds migrate southbound through the area.
Alishan National Scenic Area Administration and the Taixing Community Development Association are holding a cattle egrets ecotourism festival during the period, inviting tourists to come to Alishan not only for tea-tasting but also to catch a glimpse at the natural phenomenon.
The administration pointed out that every year during the solar calendar’s Bailu period, tons of cattle egrets fly southbound and pass by Taixing, Chiayi. The birds enter the river village, spiral along following the wind currents, cross Mt. Fenghuang and continue southwards. Residents describe the scene as “thousands of egrets worshiping a phoenix” (萬鷺朝鳳). The experience is unique to Taixing.
The administration director Ma Hui-ta said the cattle egrets would change formation when flying, attracting bird lovers and photographers to the area just to capture this astonishing display of nature.