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Korea - this site is a "one-stop shop" for everyone interested in
birds and Korean conservation - from local birders and overseas eco-tourists
to the curious armchair birder, from members of the media to members of
the scientific community. Site includes information on Wetlands/Key Sites,
Key Korean Species, Latest
News, Tours/Guiding, Birding in Korea, News, ID Notes and Flagging/Banding.
Sites in Korea - South Korea is one of the best
and shorebird-watching destinations anywhere - and wetlands will probably
be at the core of any birders' plans to visit here. The following sites
have therefore been selected from the many potential ones worth a visit
- in order to help you have the the best chance to see some of those species
which are easier or better to see in South Korea than anywhere else in
the world: Baikal Teal, Normann's Greenshank, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Saunders's
Gull, Chinese Egret etc etc. In addition to the obviously world-class sites
(Sawmangeum, Geum Estuary, Haenam, Suncheon Bay etc) several small sites
have been especially included for those business-trip or casual birdwatchers
(marked with a +) who are unable to make time to get out of the city.
Korea - This is an English language site with the mission
of "Working for the conservation of wetlands and birds in South Korea and
the broader Yellow Sea eco-region, through research, education, planning
and cooperation." Lots of interesting stuff for the birding traveller.
Sites in Korea - This website provides detailed maps
of the best birding sites
in Korea, with brief information on the likely birds to be found at each
site. The slow-loading home page
is worth the wait!
The Other Korea - The period from December
to March is the peak season
for winter bird watching in Korea. Hardy birders braving the cold weather
tramp through desolate fields under a winter sky are rewarded with splendid
group dances and superb flying by thousands of migratory birds. More than
100 species of birds migrate from Siberia and Northern Manchuria to winter
in Korea, and over 100 more species pass through Korea on their way further
south. Includes a list of recommended birding sites.
Home - this Korean high school teacher's web page
a checklist of Korean birds,
- Korea's most-threatened habitat: by Nial Moores,
OBC Bulletin 36, December 2002. South Korea lacks endemic bird species,
and is rather poor in terms of avian dry land diversity compared with other
East Asian countries, but its wetlands and waterways are extremely important
for the future conservation of migratory waterbird species, around 13 of
which are globally threatened, and for the future well-being of the human
Bird Watching at Youido Pam Islets - As winter advances,
the influx of migrant birds
is making the waterside of Youido Han Riverside Park the ideal place for
bird-watching. The City of Seoul's Han River Management Office has put
in place an ideal observation site where nature-lovers can appreciate the
beauty of nature.
Wetlands - this site provides a map of Korea identifying
all key welands locations.
Where there are wetlands, there are birds. But, if you check out the Gallery
on this site, you will find a depressing picture of the history and future
of the wetlands!
Korea - Spring 2002. By Wilton Farrelly.
This was the first ‘organised’ birding
trip to South Korea in spring. The purpose was to see shorebirds and to
experience spring migration. The trip was a huge success with two firsts
for Korea (Crag Martin and Ferruginous Flycatcher), excellent wader counts
including sightings of Little Whimbrel and Asiatic Dowitcher. We also had
Baikal Teal and Swan Geese on exceptionally late spring dates as well as
excellent numbers of migrants and a supporting cast of many globally rare
species e.g. Nordmanns Greenshank, Black Faced Spoonbill and Chinese Egret.
The areas visited were primarily tidal flats at Saemangeum and around Gunsan
and one day at Seosan. The rest of the time was spent on an island called
Eocheong Do, 3 hrs by ferry from Gunsan on the west side of Korea. This
island had only ever been birded once before (by Nial Moores) for two days
about a week prior to our arrival! Indeed we were the first Westerners
that most people on the island had ever seen.
Report: South Korea - December 6-17, 2001:The Sunbird Winter
Tour - by Nial Moores. Although
many winters can be really severe by December (with night temperatures
down to –20C), December 2001 was extraordinarily mild, and our tour started
with sunshine and temperatures soaring to a relatively balmy 8C most days
(even reaching 14C on ‘sub-tropical’ Jeju on the 11th). The trip (food
especially apart…river snail soup anyone?), was largely a great success,
and we recorded about 160 species in just 12 days, including the much-wanted
Black-faced Spoonbill, Swan and Lesser White-fronted Goose, Baikal Teal
(with one flock of 265 000 plus an outstanding highlight!), Scaly-sided
Merganser, Steller’s Sea Eagle, three species of Crane, Relict and Saunders’s
Gulls, Japanese Waxwing, Siberian Accentor and Daurian Jackdaw.
Report: Korea - Seoul, May 25 - 31, 1998 -
by Eric Toorman. The expectations
were not high for several reasons: the time of the year generally is very
quiet (in the middle of the breeding season), most bird species in Korea
are found there in winter. Fortunately, it turned out much
better than anticipated. This web-page also contains some photos of typical
Report: Seoul. This trip report is provided
Trip Report Archive. South Korea, July
24-30, 1994 - by Urs Geiser. I arrived in Korea in the middle of a heat
wave with highs of 95-103°F every day. Even though the summer rains
had stopped early this year and there was a drought in East Asia, the air
was still quite humid, making outdoor activities somewhat unpleasant. Still,
I managed to find a few green spots in Seoul that had some birds, although
not in large numbers nor variety.
Report: Korea. This trip report is provided
Trip Report Archive. December 29, 1993
- January 6, 1994 - by Steven Feldstein. The purpose of our trip was to
spend time visiting with her relatives, but I managed to squeeze in a few
hours of birding on most days. This was my second trip to Korea, but that
trip was during the summer. I was particularly excited about seeing winter
birds, since many birds that winter in Korea are seen in places in North
America such as Attu and St. Lawrence Island.
Report: South Korea. This trip report is provided courtesy of
Trainer. Includes information on Kyong-Ju, Hupo, and Sorak-San.
Factoids taken from Where
to watch birds in Asia - by Nigel Wheatley