Datun Nature Park is located at the south foothill of Mt. Caigongkeng and is a well-known attraction along the Mt. Datun trails; Walking along the boardwalk into the forest visitors will come up to a sparkling lake, refreshing and joyful.
The park encompasses and is built around a natural pond. Because of the high water content and humidity, a rich variety of aquatic plants flourish. During the summer ducks and wild birds swim freely in the pond and silvergrass sways in autumn. The tranquility and the lush greenery makes visitors want to stay forever.
Get on 108 park bus at the Yangmingshan main bus terminal
The entire body is green except for the abdomen, which is white; it also has a white circle around the eyes. The white-eye is often mistaken for the grey-cheeked fulvetta, the white-bellied erpornis, and other birds. Thin and pointy beak; fine white hairs around the eyes. Habitat is mainly forests, and it mostly feeds on insects and fruits.
The Grey treepie has a brown-gray body that is gray from the top of the head to the neck. Its wings and tail are black, and it has white spots on its wings. Its tail feathers are especially long. The center of its abdomen and upper portion of its tail are gray-white. It has a thick and powerful beak that is slightly bent downwards and a long tail. Most have bristles from the base of their beak to their nostrils. Omnivorous. Largely arboreal and highly vigilant. Commonly found in forests. Nests on high branches; chicks are slow to mature.
The brightly colored kingfisher can occasionally be seen at the pond next to Datun Nature Park. It swoops down close to the surface of the water and flies at high speeds to catch its aquatic prey. This species has a long, sharply pointed beak and a short and small body, as well as a round and flat head. Its plumage can contain blue, green, orange, white, and black. The plumage is bright and very distinctive. They often perch on a vantage point near the water, such as a branch or rock. When prey is spotted, the kingfisher swoops down quickly to snatch it. Its high speeds and quick reflexes make it difficult to photograph.
The most commonly seen wild animal in the forest, the squirrel has a brown body and a distinctive red-brown stomach. They can be seen climbing up tree trunks or prancing among the branches with their bushy gray tails in regions at sea level as well as in the central mountain range up to an altitude of 2,000 meters.
Latin name: Torenia concolor Lindley
The Formosan torenia is an ornamental herbaceous plant and can be seen from the ground to mid-range altitudes. It loves sunlight and wet environments. It grows towards the sun and is highly adaptable. The single leaves grow horizontal and parallel across the stem. The flowers are blue-purple with big, obvious lips. The Formosan torenia blooms year round but are most active in April and August. It can be seen all throughout the island and large numbers are found in the sunny areas beside the Mt. Caigongkeng trail.
Latin name: Rhododendron pseudochrysanthum Hayata ssp. morii (Hayata) Yamazaki var. taitunense Yamazaki
The red-spotted rhododendron is a member of the rhododendron genus of the family Ericaceae. It is an evergreen shrub with leathery, lanceolate leaves in clusters on the tips of branches. The underside of the leaves have dense growths of red-brown stellate hairs. The corolla of apical flowers starts out as a purplish-red and then gradually fades in color after full bloom. The entire flower is about 5 centimeters wide and flowering season takes place from the end of March to early May. The red-spotted rhododendron is the park's rarest rhododendron and has been labeled as a protected species. It can be seen on the north end of the Mt. Caigongkeng's peak, the Mt. Xiaoguanyin volcano rim, and other north-facing slopes from 500 to 1,000 meters altitude.
Latin name: Begonia formosana (Hayata) Masam.
Begonia formosana is a meaty herbaceous plant native to the tropics and subtropics. It is one of the most common plants in the mountains of North Taiwan. The begonia likes growing in clusters on shady rocks and boulders often soaked with water. It can be found near rivers and valleys in Yangmingshan.