Bird Sightings


Oido – Shiwha, July 5th.

Tim Edelsten. A remarkable day. My mis-timed bicycle ride from Oido to the Daebu side of the lake (a distance of at least 40 km) resulted in only one hour to view the best bit of habitat: two shallow flooded areas, which now have a Kakadu-type feel with so many waterfowl dotting its verdant banks in the hot sun. I also had a brief view of the tiny remnant of mudflat off Oido, although the Songdo reclamation has crept very close and left very little of the former tidal area. Of most interest:

Falcated Duck Anas falcata. Thirty one, mostly in eclipse, becomes the new national summertime high day-count.


Falcated Duck Anas falcata © Tim Edelsten


Mallard Anas platyrhynchos. At least ten.

Eastern Spot-billed Duck Anas zonorhyncha. Large numbers- thousands- although I was left with no time for a proper count.

Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca. One male (apparently silver-eyed) seen well through the scope, but poorly and distantly photographed, becomes the second national summer record (after a female at Seosan in August 2010).


Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca © Tim Edelsten


Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca © Tim Edelsten

Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis. At least forty (including juveniles), is a large concentration for the summer months. There were likely many more present.

Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus. A remarkable 115 were counted, including four familes with well-grown chicks and 33 (!) nests, each of them with a sitting adult. Intriguingly, the nests were clustered into small colonies, and nestbuilding was ongoing. This represents the largest nationally-recorded summertime concentration.


A breeding “colony” of Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus © Tim Edelsten

Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor. Two on the mud at Oido and one at Shiwha.

Intermediate Egret Egretta intermedia. Thirty-one, clustered on one large shallow area, would seem to be the largest known (or published) day-count for the ROK. Clearly this species can form strong concentrations in areas of very favorable habitat (extensive areas of undisturbed shallow freshwater).

Eurasian Coot Fulica atra. One hundred-and-twelve adults, would appear to be the largest national summertime day-count for the ROK.

Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus. Three on the mudflat at Oido.

Little Tern Sternula albifrons. Forty or so (locally breeding).

Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus. One calling at Oido.

Azure-winged Magpie Cyanopica cyanus. A family with juveniles at Oido.

Clearly, the Shiwha lake area on the Daebu island side- an area of fantastic habitat- needs much more attention by birdwatchers in the summer months. Even better is the fact that it has been cordoned off and is now blissfully quiet, suffering little or no disturbance from liesure seekers or vehicles!


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