Birds News with J.P. Loghry, Mr. Mo In-ho, & Ms. Park Young Ju
Had a fantastic time Saturday visiting the Nakdong Estuary with local experts Mr. Mo In-ho and Ms. Park Young Ju. Aboard Mr. Mo In-Ho’s quite maneuverable boat, I held on tight for a ride that proved to be the best way to spend an afternoon on the Nakdong. Some Little Terns swooping here and there, and there and here, were so impressive to watch. Far Eastern Oystercatchers caught our eyes as they moved around their muddy intertidal feeding grounds. Several Far Eastern and Eurasian Curlews were observed on Baekhapdeong, as were the magnificent seven Black-faced Spoonbills. Wow.
We set out to one of the other islands on the estuary to observe Styan’s Grasshopper Warbler but were unfortunately unsuccessful, although at first a trill and then the distinct singing of an individual Styan’s could be heard somewhere among the many tall swaying reeds of the Calamagrostis epigeios. Its song was soon beclouded by the songs of the brazen Oriental Reed Warblers which continuously echoed across the steamy banks of this small grassy island in the sun. Upon heading back, thankful for this time spent, I could only think about how much there is to learn from this estuary, and once again, I found myself truly captivated by the natural charm of the Korean Peninsula and the people who love it.