Bird News from Nial Moores
With a presentation to give in Seoul in the evening, a chance on December 3rd to spend an hour and a half visiting the tidal creek at Siheung to look for the long-staying male Green-winged Teal. Although the weather was very poor, with rain and mist, the bird showed reasonably well, walking rapidly over the mud, sometimes to feed, sometimes (it appeared) to avoid the advances of an especially persistent female!
Top: Green-winged Teal Anas carolinensis (left) with Eurasian Teal Anas crecca and Mallard Anas platyrhynchos (front), and Bottom: male Green-winged Teal and (presumed!) female Eurasian Teal © Nial Moores
As my own record shots are so poor, am delighted to share a couple of (stunning) images taken by Dr Shim Kyu-Sik two days earlier, used here with his kind permission:
Green-winged Teal © Shim Kyu-Sik
Efforts are being made to refine details of this record (i.e. who first found this individual and when), presumably in this part of the country for the second winter (at least). Any comments to that effect are most welcome!
Also at the same quite birdy site, single Chinese Grey Shrike and Eurasian Spoonbill, probable Ochre-rumped Bunting, 2-3 Pallas’s Reed and 10+ Common Reed Buntings, 170 Brambling and at least five highly unseasonal ocularis White Wagtail.
Bird News from Nial Moores with Choi Hyun-Ah and Felix Glenk (Hanns Seidel Foundation, Korea office) and Gimpo City officials As part of a project initiated by the Hanns Seidel Foundation (Korea) and Gimpo City designed to improve understanding of … read more
It has been a dynamic month of birding in Gangneung, with plenty of winter arrivals and unexpected sightings. These highs have been tempered with periods of dangerous smog, and numerous small-scale examples of habitat loss. The month’s standout records included uncommon … read more
Written by team member Sandy Darling, this trip report – available as a pdf – adds a lot more detail and some excellent new images – to the bird news account of the same trip posted here. read more
Birds Korea, November 20, 2018 On November 10th 2018, Dr Bernhard Seliger and Felix Glenk, accompanying a larger group from the Hanns Seidel Foundation went to Wonsan Bay, DPRK, for a non-birding visit. There they observed a group of 150+ … read more
Bird News from Nial Moores with Sandy Darling, Jeni Darling and Tom Thomas (Team Hawk-watch from Ontario, Canada). Timed to capture a mix of autumn migrants and early-returning winter specials, we logged approximately 187 bird species, with several concentrations of … read more
It is wonderful to be back birding in a country that has become so familiar to me, albeit in the unfamiliar province of Gangwon-do. After two weeks in Gangneung, I’ve come across plenty of promising habitat, and some interesting birds … read more
Bird News from Nial Moores, with Kim Su-Kyung on 15th and 16th From inside the afternoon ferry from Incheon to Baekryeong Island on 8th, best were a loon sp., 78 Streaked Shearwater, one dark shearwater sp., two Black-legged Kittiwake, 30 … read more
Bird News from Nial Moores Following the successful Hwaseong symposium, most of two days were spent counting shorebirds as part of World Shorebirds Day. On the 7th, together with Ha Jungmoon (Birds Korean), Hebo Peng (Team Piersma) and Wan-Chih Yin … read more
글: 하정문 지난주 8월 20-25일에 벤쿠버에서 열린 국제조류학회에 참가할 기회가 있었습니다. 저는 대학원에 입학하고 처음으로 진행한 실험의 개요를 포스터로 준비하여 전시를 했습니다. 아무래도 국제학회에 참가하는 일도 처음, 신대륙에 가보는 것도 처음이여서 여러모로 긴장이 되기도 했지만 정말 유익하고 재미있는 시간을 보내고 … read more