Dr. Bernhard Seliger and Dr. Choi Hyun-Ah (Birds Korea, Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea)
Still in hot summer temperatures climbing up to 30 degrees, the survey brought us first to the Han Estuary near Yudo islet, and later to Siam wetland. While it was still difficult to do good photos, since harvest did only just begin and cover was rich everywhere for the birds, we still recorded a number of interesting views (often, alas, without documentation) and a pleasant mix of summer visitors and passing migrants. Highlights were two juvenile Grey-faced buzzards on migration, a Water cock and a Ruddy-breasted crake, all three in the Han estuary part of the survey. Waders included Whimbrels, Common sandpipers, Little ringed plovers; the Blackfaced spoonbills were all gone, and generally Yudo islet at this point of time was deserted, with only a handful of Great cormorants still around the waters of Yudo.
In the Siam part of the survey, several views of Chinese pond heron were outstanding, as well as a hunting Hobby. Also, in many places Barn swallows and a few Red-rumped swallows were found assembling for the journey South.
Thanks to Dr. Choi Hyun-Ah, a visit to the not-yet-opened new Aegibong observatory, situated on a hill very close to North Korea, was possible, since we supported an exhibition on the ecology of the Han estuary in the huge, oversized exhibition hall. From end of October, the place will be open to the public.
Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea, Birds Korea) Two visits mainly unrelated to birding were used to check sites in Goseong County, Gangwon Province. Disturbance at the beaches and, unfortunately, also in the wetlands around Hwajinpo, was high due … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger and Dr. Choi Hyun-Ah (Hanns Seidel Foundation, Birds Korea Lifetime Members), Cho Youjin (HSF Korea) May is one of the most lovely times to visit the rice field areas near the Han estuary, when water in the … read more
Part 2: Songdo Namdong reservoir, Sorae Wetland and Michulho parc Birds news from Bernhard Seliger (Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea and Birds Korea lifetime member) The second (afternoon) leg of the World Migratory Bird Race of Hanns Seidel Team Korea brought … read more
Part 1: Wetland near Paju book city, Paju ricefields North of Gongneungcheon Birds news from Dr Bernhard Seliger (Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea and Birds Korea lifetime member) with Johann and Joseph Seliger The first leg of the World Migratory Bird … read more
Bird news from Ms. Vivian Fu (East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership), Dr. Donguk Han, Ms. Eun-Jung Lee, Ms. Eun-Jung Kim, and Ms. In-sook Kim (Eco Korea), Prof. Jae-Sang Hong (Inha Univ.), Mr. Young-Soo Kim (Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea), and Dr. Hyun-Ah … read more
Birds news from Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Hanns Seidel Foundation and Birds Korea lifetime member) On the whole, a very frustrating morning in Paju – construction at Gongneungchong not only made the newly-bridged area completely devoid of bird, but also affected … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Birds Korea, Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea) After heavy snowfall, the snow laying more than one meter high on the Jinburyeong pass, and around 60 cm down to the coast, there was an interesting mix of birdlife along … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger and Dr. Choi Hyun-Ah (Birds Korea, Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea) Another survey in the starting migration season, though still bitterly cold with – 11° C in the morning and only slowly warming up. Along the Han river, … read more
Dr. Hyun-Ah Choi and Dr. Bernhard Seliger (both Hanns Seidel Foundation, Birds Korea lifetime members) On January 12 2021, the first survey of the area around Siam wetland and Yudo Island in the Han River estuary in this year took … read more