Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Hanns-Seidel-Foundation Korea, Birds Korea), Jeongmin Khil (Hanns-Seidel-Foundation Korea) and Prof. Dr. Tomasz Wierzbowski (HUFS)
Parks sometimes can be teaming with birds, either because of a lack of suitable other habitat in cities, or because the have genuinely good habitat, in particular for passerines. It is different, alas, with a number of “eco-“parks built in Korea: good habitats, often in wetlands or stretches of rivers, are transformed into areas with large concreted places, natural bushlands and riparian forests are substituted by single trees surrounded by concrete, riverscapes become artificially altered so that no real view of the river is possible. One of the worst examples I know is the destruction of the lovely riverside of North Hangang near Chuncheon, which we earlier discussed as part of the river and Scaly-Sided Merganser survey early this year (http://www.birdskoreablog.org/?p=25610).
A short survey on September 19, 2022, confirmed the observations of early this year: the whole park area was completely empty of people, birds or any other life. Just outside of that, the riverside is still beautiful. Highlight was a beautiful pair of Long-billed plovers. Sad to say, but hopefully greater fiscal burdens will make this kind of “improvements” too expensive in the future. Much better, there should be greater understanding of the needs of habitat preservation and restoration, instead of habitat destruction which neither serves humans, economy, or flora and fauna.
Dr. Bernhard Seliger, Dr. Hyun-Ah Choi (both Birds Korea and Hanns-Seidel-Foundation Korea) with Jeongmin Khil and Sabine Leykam (HSF Korea) Gochang in Jeollabukdo, a county at the Yellow Sea, still has vast tidal flats and beautiful rice-field areas. As part … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Hanns-Seidel-Foundation and Birds Korea) with Debora Tydecks-Zhou and Kim Young-Soo (Hanns-Seidel-Foundation Munich and Korea) A visit of various projects in Goseong brought the possibility for a short, 2 hour, rapid survey on Saturday, and a 3 hour … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger (HSF Seoul and Birds Korea) with family Growing up in the German countryside, I thought it is normal to have birds singing loudly from 4 a.m. in the spring and summer mornings. The strength of the bird … read more
Birds have always been of interest in Korea, from the earliest temple paintings to modernity. This also includes North Korea, as this article on spring birds in the journal of the Socialist youth league, Sonyŏndan (March 1955), shows. It was … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger and Dr. Hyun-Ah Choi (Birds Korea, Hanns Seidel Foundation) In between the rain on Thursday and the snow-rain on Saturday, we managed to spend a day with clouded skies, but a perfectly clear view in Gimpo. Though … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger, Dr. Hyun-Ah Choi (Hanns Seidel Foundation, Birds Korea) After the 2022 Pyeongchang Peace Forum, the was time for a quick check-up on birds in Goseong County. Goseong, a divided county directly at the inner-Korean border, with roughly … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger (Birds Korea, Hanns Seidel Foundation) with Mark Siegmund An interesting day mainly looking at cranes in the inner-Korean border area. We started in the dark to see hundreds of geese and nine Eurasian Spoonbills leaving the small … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger and Dr. Hyun-Ah Choi (Birds Korea, Hanns Seidel Foundation) with Ji-Ye Chun and Hyeong-Seo Kim (Hanns Seidel Foundation) In rather inclement weather conditions – cold and snowing half the day – this survey brought overall much reduced … read more
Dr. Bernhard Seliger, Dr. Choi Hyun-Ah (Birds Korea, Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea), Amelie Schweiger (HSF Korea) After the heavy snow of the weekend, Monday (December 20) was much warmer, but the air was rapidly worsening with fine dust and the … read more