Birds in Jeju-Do, April 2017

Bird news from Bernhard Seliger with Ji-Hyun Park, Johann Seliger and Joseph Seliger

Following are some photos from a (mainly not-bird-themed!) trip to Jeju-do. Around the Jumun beach resort, thrushes, wagtails, tits, flycatcher and other small birds where seen, including the well-hidden, but vocal Japanese Bush Warbler, with Grey Herons from a nearby breeding colony overflying the area.

1 - White's thrush

White’s Thrush Zoothera aurea © Bernhard Seliger

2 - Pale thrush

Pale Thrush Turdus pallidus © Bernhard Seliger

3 - Narcissus flycatcher

Narcissus Flycatcher Ficedula narcissina © Bernhard Seliger

4 - Japanese White eye

Japanese White-eye Zosterops japonicus © Bernhard Seliger

5 - Japanese bush warbler

Japanese Bush Warbler Horornis diphone © Bernhard Seliger

A trip up to Hallasan (with 1200 m heights different up and down, totaling almost 20 km, quite exhausting), brought views of different kinds of buntings, tits, Red-flanked Bluetail and a Forest Wagtail, plus abundant Large-billed crows. In the evening, Siberian Roe Deer, which during the peak of walking, when masses ascended and descended the mountain, where hidden in the covert and at most could be glimpsed or heard, became increasingly confiding, grazing close by the almost deserted hiking trail.

6 - Varied tit

Varied Tit Sittiparus varius © Bernhard Seliger

7 - View from Hallasan

Stunning view over alpine areas of Mt. Halla, from 1950 m (highest mountain in the Republic of Korea) © Bernhard Seliger

8 - Roe deer

Siberian Roebuck Capreolus pygargus © Bernhard Seliger

Mara-Do is the southernmost islet of Korea. Here, many migrants from the south and China arrive first, including at this time numerous Stejneger’s Stonechats, wagtails, and flycatchers.

9 - Stejneger's Stonechat

Stejneger’s Stonechat Saxicola stejnegeri © Bernhard Seliger

Finally, again in Jumun beach, we saw a Pacific Reef Heron.

10 - Riff heron

Pacific Reef Heron Egretta sacra © Bernhard Seliger

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