Igidae-Junam-Nakdong Estuary, July 31st

Nial Moores with Owen and Sally Cole and Park Meena

In sweltering heat (probably reaching a humid 34C at midday at Junam), a day of enjoyable local birding in a wide range of habitats that included sea coast, the estuary, freshwater reservoirs, and mixed forest.

In addition to seeing juveniles of many species, species of note included four Grey-tailed Tattler on rocks at Igidae; a Black Kite in heavy tail moult; excellent views of both Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker and Grey-headed Green Woodpecker; several Pacific Swift and several dozen Barn Swallow (most of the latter at the Nakdong); eventual views of Black-naped Oriole, feeding in the same tree as a dozen or so White-cheeked Starling; many (100+) Vinous-throated Parrotbill; and rarest in the national context, two Pheasant-tailed Jacana heard and seen at the Junam Reservoirs.


Jpwp_July31_RS1Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker Dendrocopos kizuki © Nial Moores


ghgreen_2cym_RS2_July3DSC00267Grey-headed Woodpecker Picus canus © Nial Moores (adult top; juvenile below)

junam_July31_RS2Junam Reservoir © Nial Moores

miyeonji_July31_RS1Nakdong Estuary © Nial Moores

hotweatherbirdingatheNakdong_july31_RSHot-weather birding at the Nakdong Estuary © Nial Moores

One comment on “Igidae-Junam-Nakdong Estuary, July 31st

  1. This was certainly one of the highlights of our trip to Korea. Dr Moores’s enthusiasm and expertise was absolutely fantastic and turned each sighting into an enjoyable experience despite the heat! He would hear the birds and then lead us to them! Truly the “bird whisperer” of Korea! Ms Park Meena, Birds Korea’s National Coordinator, was the perfect hostess and her vast patience made our day that much more enjoyable. We would definitely recommend that you contact Dr Moores if you want to experience the birds of Korea in a meaningful way!

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