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Birders search in vain for oriental stork on Kinmen

TAIPEI -- A group of bird watchers had a good time yesterday looking for wild birds in the outlying county of Kinmen, although they failed to find the species that they most wanted to see.

Led by the Wild Bird Society of Kinmen, about a dozen birders spotted several rare species, including black-faced spoonbills and black storks near Lingshui Lake.

But they were not lucky enough to spot the oriental stork — an endangered bird that was the reason for Wednesday's field trip.

The bird, which can reach 1.29 meters in height and weigh up to 4.4 kilograms, with a wingspan of 2.22 meters, was spotted seven weeks ago in the offshore county, prior to which it had not been sighted since 2000.

It is likely that the birds were scared away by traffic and traveled to more remote wetland areas, local bird watchers said.

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