Cranes at the inner-Korean border, 10 February

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 the day of milder weather the river was open in a few places. Along the Imjing river, at least 25 Cinereous Vultures were seen, around 100 Red-crowned and 100 White-Naped cranes as well as great numbers of Greater White-fronted Geese and Bean Geese. Highlight were two Siberian cranes (out of three presumably in the area currently) at the Imjin River.

Picture 1 - GeeseGreater White-Fronted Geese (Anser albifrons) and Taiga Bean Goose (Anser fabalis) at the frozen Imjin River

Picture 2 - Redcrowned cranes

Red-crowned cranes (Grus japonensis) in the Civilian Control Zone – here like elsewhere habitats are reduced by fences, ginseng production, hot houses and new building projects

Picture 3 - Siberian and White naped crane

 Siberian Crane (Leucogeranus leucogeranus) and White-naped cranes (Grus vipio)

Picture 4 - ImjingangView over the Imjin river

 

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