Bird News from Nial Moores, with Kim Kimi & Kim Yeiweon (Bijarim Ro) and members of Seongsan People who Care for the Environment group.
Outstanding highlights included single Japanese Night Heron, Steppe Eagle and Caspian Tern, all found during formal survey of the biodiverse hotspot of the Bijarim Ro, still threatened by road-widening, and rapid assessments of five areas in Seongsan, SE Jeju – currently also all threatened by the proposed construction of the massive second Jeju airport.
On 6th and 7th, 52 bird species were found along the Bijarim Ro, including a single briefly-booming Japanese Night Heron; quelpartensisWhite-backed Woodpecker; seven Eurasian Whimbrel and at least two Pin-tailed Snipe; no less than six species of flycatcher (including one still-unidentified Narcissus-type); single singing Sakhalin LeafWarbler; and a spectacular passing squadron of six Needle-tailed Swift.
During the afternoon of the 7th at the coast, distant but still decent views of the long-staying Steppe Eagle over Hado, and rather better views of a loafing Caspian Tern – still a rare species in the ROK.
On the 8th, an interesting mix of habitats was visited, with the day started by three Northern Boobooks and several singing White’s Thrushes; followed by prolonged looks at a pair of Peregrine Falcon, several Blue Rock Thrush, a glimpsed Rufous-tailed Robin and many hundreds of Streaked Shearwater passing close to shore, with the biggest miss three apparently rapidly-diving alcids (Crested Murrelets?).
We finished the rapid assessments with a quick survey of woodland and a small freshwater wetland which produced another White-backed Woodpecker and the personal first Arctic Warbler of the spring (a typical first date for this always late arriving species: often confused with Eastern Crowned or Pale Legged Leafs) in addition to good views of several full breeding-plumaged Eastern Cattle Egret…beautiful!
Bird News from Nial Moores (Birds Korea) In addition to meetings and supporting more frog ladder installation as part of the long-running Birds Korea-initiated Baekryeong Wetlands Project (this time led expertly by the offices of Incheon, Seoul and national KFEM … read more
Nial Moores, Birds Korea, April 30 2020 There are very few – if any – species groups more difficult to identify with full (or any!) confidence in east Asia than the snipes. Here in Korea, five Gallinago snipes occur regularly: … read more
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Bird News from Nial Moores, with Kim Kimi and Lee Joon-Hyup ( Birjarim Ro Monitoring Team) and Kim Yeiwon on several dates. Bird highlights during five days of survey at Bijarim Ro (still threatened by road-widening) and along the Seongsan … read more
Birds News from Nial Moores with Andy Deighton, Ian Merrill, Simon Colenutt and Trevor Codlin from the UK. To help fund our conservation work, five days were spent guiding four visiting world-birders from the UK en route to Taiwan. This … read more
Dr Nial Moores, Birds Korea, January 24th 2020 It was a really ambitious program: a week-long visit from the UK by Trevor Rose of Rose Design Services Ltd. to the Republic of Korea (ROK), to share his expertise on amphibian … read more
Bird News from Nial Moores & Bernhard Seliger, Kim Choony (National KFEM), Shim Hyeong Jin (Incheon KFEM), Choi Hyun-Ah and Trevor Rose A return trip to Baekryeong in continuing unseasonably mild weather (with overnight lows close to zero, and highs … read more
Bjorn Olesen, December 30th 2019 Bjorn Olesen is a retired corporate executive, award-winning wildlife photographer and a passionate conservationist. With his wife Fanny, he has published three books ‘A Visual Celebration of Giant Pandas’ in 2013, and ‘A Visual Celebration … read more