Dr. Bernhard Seliger, Dr. Choi Hyun-Ah (Hanns Seidel Foundation, Birds Korea lifetime members), Prof. Dr. Amaël Borzée(Birds Korea annual member)
In scorching heat (up to 37 degree Celsius) in between the rainy season and an approaching typhoon birds (like humans!) were not very willing to move, and with the breeding season over and the rice fields high, they were neither vocal nor easily detectable. Yudo Island has a large breeding colony of Black-faced Spoonbills, Great Cormorants, Great and Intermediate Egrets, Grey Herons and other birds. But the island was largely empty now, with only a few Great Egrets and Grey Herons and an occasional gull remaining. Also in the rice fields the numbers of egrets and herons, which nonetheless included at least 11 Chinese Pond Herons, plus Striated Herons, Black-crowned Night Herons and Eastern Cattle Egret, were smaller than in previous surveys. In terms of spoonbills and waders, only Black-faced Spoonbills (22), Common Sandpiper (2) and a single Eurasian Whimbrel were recorded.
A Brown Shrike was a first during our two years of surveys in the area. The assembly of Barn Swallows was also a sign of the start of southward migration. Other notable birds included two Chinese Sparrowhawks, harassed by a Common Kestrel, and a Grey-capped Woodpecker, and a surprise late Common Cuckoo calling.
Finally, we also enjoyed beautiful views of a Mamushi snake (Japanese pit viper) or 살모사.
Bird news from Dr. Bernhard Seliger, Dr. Choi Hyun-Ah (Hanns-Seidel-Foundation, Birds Korea) Yeonpyeong Island is an island (group) in the Korean West Sea (Yellow Sea), 80 km west of Inhceon and 12 km south of the coast of South Hwanghae … read more
Bird news from Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Hanns-Seidel-Foundation, Birds Korea) An early morning walk along Gongneungcheon stream in Paju and through the rice fields, to the Jayuro near the Odusan observatory brought all kinds of egrets and herons, Mandarin ducks, dozens … read more
Bird news from Dr Seliger with Prof Amael Borzëe, Dr Hyun-Ah Choi and Ms Teresa Wellner Another long day of surveys of birds during the whole day in the Siam wetland and Yudo area, this time with Prof. Amael Borzée, … read more
Bird news from Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Hanns Seidel Foundation and Birds Korea), Felix Glenk and Isabelle Winter (HSF Korea) Birding in large groups can be difficult, but in the right locations with the right people, “social” birding can also be … read more
Bird news from Dr. Bernhard Seliger, Dr. Choi Hyun-Ah (Hanns Seidel Foundation, Birds Korea) with Kim Young-Soo, Isabelle Winter (Hanns Seidel Foundation) Our trip to Goseong – the divided county on the East Coast which is also the northernmost county … read more
Birds news from Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Hanns Seidel Foundation and Birds Korea lifetime member) Yongjeong Island hosts the airport of Incheon (Seoul), one of the busiest airports in the world, with around 70 million passengers in 2019. The island is … read more
Bird News from Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Hanns Seidel Foundation and Birds Korea lifetime member) Rice fields in Korea are special all the time of the year, but in early May, when they slowly fill with water – except the wonderful … read more
Bird news from Dr. Bernhard Seliger and Dr. Hyun-Ah Choi (Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea and Birds Korea) together with Isabelle Winter In April, migrants like Intermediate and Little Egrets, Cattle Egrets and Barn Swallows returned to the Yudo and Siam … read more
Birds news from Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Hanns Seidel Foundation, Birds Korea lifetime members) Not much change from last week, but this time I had the chance to see roosting birds at high tide at a very close range. Also, on … read more