Usop Swamp (Naju), January 9

Bird news from Andreas Kim

In the late morning with sunshine and very cold wind when arriving at the Usop Swamp a big flock of Taiga Bean Geese just flew off and started a position change of geese and Whopper Swans; most geese moved to the back of the swap and most swans to the front. The water must have been very cold, as most of the old stems of the lotus plants had little ice rosettes. Estimated numbers of birds seen are: c. 1500+ Taiga Bean Geese, c. 100 Whopper Swans, c. 50 Eurasian Teal, c. 30 Mallard, several Eurasian Coot, 2 Great Egret and 1 Grey Heron.

Old-Lotus-with-ice_AKOld lotus leaf with ice, © Andreas Kim

Taiga-Bean-Goose_AK-1Taiga Bean Goose Anser fabalis, © Andreas Kim

Taiga-Bean-Goose_AK-2Taiga Bean Goose Anser fabalis, © Andreas Kim

Taiga-Bean-Goose_AK-3Taiga Bean Goose Anser fabalis, © Andreas Kim

Whooper-Swan_AK-1Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus, © Andreas Kim

Whooper-Swan_AK-2Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus, © Andreas Kim

Whooper-Swan_AK-3Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus, © Andreas Kim

Whooper-Swan_AK-4Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus, © Andreas Kim

Eurasian-Teal_AKEurasian Teal Anas crecca (rear) and Mallard Anas platyrhynchos (front), © Andreas Kim

On the way also passing the little Shinhwon lake which had c. 100 Mallard, 17 Falcated Teal and 1 Northern Pintail.

Also on the way at the Jayeonbu lake near Illu 5 Long-billed Plover.

Long-billed-Plover_AKLong-billed Plover Charadrius placidus, © Andreas Kim

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