A walk from Songdo to Sorae showed that still at least 3000-4000 shorebirds are in the area, among them most numerous Dunlins, Grey plovers, Whimbrels, Bar-tailed godwits, Great knots and Red-necked stints. Also, there were Common sandpipers, Ruddy turnstones, Mongolian plovers, Kentish plovers, Little ringed plovers, and Far Eastern oystercatchers, Saunders’s gulls, and, among a group of Temminck’s cormorants there were five Black-faced spoonbills.
A short visit to the breeding area of Black-faced spoonbills also brought into view a Siberian marten; a nice view, but given the chances that he or another carnivore might cross the shallow water to the breeding island of the spoonbills, somewhat alarming.
Still thousands of shorebirds can be found in Songdo, among them numerous species like Red-necked stints (Calidris ruficollis), Dunlins (Calidris alpina) and vulnerable Great knots (Calidris tenuirostris) © Bernhard Seliger
Mongolian plovers (Charadrius mongolus) © Bernhard Seliger
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) © Bernhard Seliger
Saunders’s Gull (Chroicocephalus saundersi) © Bernhard Seliger
Siberian marten Mustela sibirica © Bernhard Seliger
A day of talks with various environmental organizations in Songdo was interrupted by two pleasant short checks at the wetlands of Songdo. On Namdong reservoir, over 75 Black-faced Spoonbills were seen, together with more than 100 Common Shelducks, 50 Eurasian … read more
Bird news from Dr. Amaël Borzée (Ewha University, IUCN expert on amphibians in Northeast Asia), Mr. Felix Glenk, Dr. Bernhard Seliger (HSF Korea; Birds Korea member) together with the team from Rason City Administration This was the fifth survey (after … read more
At a trip accompanying the Co-Chairman of the German-Korean Forum Hartmut Koschyk to the inner-Korean border in Yeoncheon, most of the Hangang river and the Imjin River was still completely frozen. In the Civilian Control Zone in Yeoncheon however, after … read more
In icy conditions, a rapid survey was carried out at the Goseong coastline in Daejin harbor and lighthouse as well as Hwajinpo lagoon and coastal area, plus the small streams near Ganseong (South river – Namcheon; North river – Bukcheon, … read more
On January 31, a group of 19 students of the 9th and 10th grade of the German International School Seoul together with their teachers visited the inner-Korean border in Cheolwon. The trip was organized by the representative of Hanns-Seidel-Foundation Korea … read more
Wetlands in and near cities always have to balance between the understandable desire of citizens to enjoy nature close to their home and the necessities for protection. The outcome is often a compromise between both. In South Korea, also the … read more
Bird News from Dr Bernhard Seliger Gangwon province is always worth traveling, the more so in this beautiful season. This time, a conference took me to Yanggu, but on the way back to Seoul I took a long detour via … read more
Goseong with its varied habitat of sea, lagoon lakes, forests and mountains and paddies and wetlands is still worth a trip, though habitat loss takes place at a disturbing speed. Currently, a large new road project takes away much of … read more
Bird news by Dr. Bernhard Seliger and Felix Glenk of Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea together with Spike Millington, CEO of EAAFP, Raphael Glement and Angela Joehl Cardena of IUCN and the very supportive team of Mr. Kim and Ms. Pang … read more