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Garganey, Black-tailed godwits and Wood sandpipers in Gimpo

Dr. Bernhard Seliger, Dr. Hyun-Ah Choi (Birds Korea, Hanns Seidel Foundation), Minjae Baek and Anneke Werthen (Hanns Seidel Foundation)

Our latest trip to the rice fields along the Han River estuary (Musunsanseong to Yudo islet; rice fields West of Aegibong, Siam wetland) brought some nice views of waders in the newly-planted rice fields, though not in large numbers, as well as other typical summer birds, in particular egrets.

You can find the complete lists here:

Musunsanseong to Yudo islet:

Ricefields West of Aegibong:

Siam Wetland:

Notable were two Black-tailed Godwits and an unexpected Garganey among a group of Spot-billed Ducks in Siam wetland. Also, there were good views of Wood Sandpipers in the rice fields, as well as Common Greenshanks, Common Sandpipers and Black-faced Spoonbills. In the rice fields all kinds of egrets and herons (Great, Medium and Little as well as quite a few Cattle Egrets, Gray Heron as well as one Black-crowned Night Heron, and Chinese Pond Herons), with only the Striated Heron missing. Surprisingly no call from Oriental Reed Warblers, and no kingfishers – maybe due to the rapidly deteriorating habitat? 

Black-tailed Godwits Limosa limosa in Siam wetland (© Bernhard Seliger)

Chinese Pond Heron Ardeola Bacchus (© Bernhard Seliger)

Oriental Dollarbird Eurystomus orientalis (© Bernhard Seliger)

Garganey Spatula querquedula (© Bernhard Seliger)

Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax (© Bernhard Seliger)

Often appearing in abundance, but one never can tire observing these little gems – Vinous-throated Parrotbills Sinosuthera webbiana (© Bernhard Seliger)

Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola (© Bernhard Seliger)