news of Bernhard Seliger (Hanns Seidel Foundation, Birds Korea), Choi Hyun-Ah
(Hanns Seidel Foundation, Birds Korea), Vivian Fu (East Asian Australasian
Flyway Partnership) and Denise Frömel (Hanns Seidel Foundation)
return to the beautiful scenery of Hwasong, Siam Wetland and the are near Yudo
Islet in Hangang River Estuary brought a number of great views of late summer
birds and migrants, plus a major surprise.
was a Northern Wheatear, seated at the fence separating the rice fields from
Han River, Siam Wetland. Did the taifun Lingling bring the vagrant? The bird
looked very calm, but otherwise healthy.
Other notable birds include a Curlew Sandpiper (sadly, without an adequate photo), a number of other waders (Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Red-necked Stints, Common Greenshank), at least 11 Chinese Pond Herons and more than 25 Mandarin Ducks. Additionally, there were 17 Black-faced Spoonbills (though 3 of them were in fact on DPRK territory, opposite of Yudo Islet, a presumed breeding ground of the birds. Satellite tags indicate that birds frequently cross the Han River to roost and forage in either the Northern or Southern river area.
Bird news of Bernhard Seliger (Hanns-Seidel-Foundation, Birds Korea) Early autumn migration and the fallout of the Typhoon Lingling both influenced the trip to Goseong in September, with a very first short day, which had to be canceled due to heavy … read more
While the ever-increasing amount of infrastructure destroys habitats almost everywhere in Korea and also does not stop in the border area, it is still a good place to go year-round to see species rare elsewhere in the country. In the … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger with Dr. Choi Hyun-Ah (Hanns-Seidel-Foundation and Birds Korea) The latest in a series of surveys carried out for Gimpo City brought again a nice mix of species. In particular, the following observations were of interest: Black-Faced Spoonbills: … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger with Maria Seliger On Friday, May 10, on occasion of the World Migratory Bird Day, in Songdo, Incheon the East Asian Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) celebrated the 10th anniversary of the EAAFP Secretariat. Among the guests were … read more
Bird news from Choi Hyun-Ah and Bernhard Seliger Our latest survey in Yudo brought a very different species mix than earlier surveys, with most winter visitors gone and migrants and summer visitors flocking in. Out of the thousands of geese … read more
The greatest threat to birds and their habitats is humans – but paradoxically it is only humans that have the means and the creativity to reverse threats, to cope with them and to eventually improve the lot of threatened species. … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger and Dr. Choi Hyun-Ah (both Hanns-Seidel-Foundation Korea and Birds Korea) When Koreans talk about the “miracle of the Han River”, they refer to the stellar economic growth catapulting South Korea from being one of the poorest countries … read more
Bird News Dr. Bernhard Seliger with Dr. Choi Hyun-Ah and Dr. Nial Moores Rice-fields and hills with mixed forests, few human settlements, a fence and then the river – this is the situation along the Han River from the estuary … read more
Going to Goseong always brings joy to see birds which can rarely be seen in South Korea outside of the border area. At the same time, the degradation of the remaining spots untouched by humans is rapidly advancing. The river … read more