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Chollabuk-Do; Mankyong River Estuary, Dongjin River Estuary, Komso BayYoungsan, Young-am lake, Kumho lake, Kocheon-am lakeThese areas are good wintering sites for wildfowl. When the lakes in Seosan AB area are frozen, many Baikal Teal come to the south seeking open water; they stay in this area.
Chollanam-Do ; Sooncheon BayThere are many Hooded Crane here in winter. If you have lucky, you can see Black Stork and many wildfowl too.
Chungchongnam Do ; Daeho lakeIn Spring, there are many breeding birds, for example, Moorhen, Little Grebe, bittern, Great Reed Warbler and so on. Great Crested Grebe breed only in this area in the whole of Korea. In winter there are lots of wildfowl including swans, Baikal Teal and so on.
Chungchongnam Do ; Kum River EstuaryThere are many wildfowl including swans, Swan Goose, and gulls including Saunder's Gull in winter.
Chungchongnam Do ; Seosan A.B reclaimed areaIn my opinion, this area is the very best birdwatching site in Korea. You can see very many breeding birds, for example, Kentish Plover, Little tern, Skylark, bittern, Crested Lark and so on in spring & Summer, as well as Black-winged Stilt, which only breeds in this area of Korea. Many waders pass through and many stay in Spring and Autumn. Many wildfowl, such as 200,000 Baikal Teal, Oriental White Stork, Raptors, Hooded Crane, Spoonbill, gulls, buntings and so on winter in this area.
Kangwon Do ; ChulwonThis area was formed by extrusion. So it is a typical plateau. Some parts of this area were included in the DMZ (De-militarised Zone)). In winter, many cranes over-winter here. It is a fantastic spectacle - Red Crowned & White-naped Cranes can be seen in rice fields that are covered in snow.
Kangwon Do; Hwajinpo Lake, Songji Lake, Chungcho Lake, Kyongpo LakeThese lakes were created by indentation. In winter, there are many eagles, wildfowl, gulls and other diverse species. If you are lucky, you will see Oriental white stork and many warblers, bitterns, egrets, etc. in summer.
Kyonggi Do (including Seoul & Inchon); Kanghwa Island & Han River EstuaryIn spring and autumn, many waders migrate and stay here. They rest and feed in the silt. In Summer & autumn, you can see many warblers in the reed beds and many other passerines in the interior of the island. In Autumn & winter, you can observe many kinds of gulls, for example, Herring Gull, Black-tailed Gull and so on.
Kyonggi Do (including Seoul & Inchon); KwangnungThere is a well preserved primeval forest here. Until some years ago, some pairs of White-belled Black Woodpeckers bred here, but it is not known whether they are still breeding or not. You can, however, see many passerines, woodpeckers, Mandarin Duck and so on.
Kyonggi Do (including Seoul & Inchon); Namyang BayIn spring and fall, very many waders pass through and stay here. They rest and feed on the mudflats.
Kyonggi Do (including Seoul & Inchon); Sihwa LakeIn spring, several pairs of Saunder's Gull breed on the sandy field, also good numbers of wildfowl over-winter here.
Kyongsangbuk-Do ; Dokdo IslandThis island is located in the East-sea. There are breeding sites of Black-tailed Gull and it too is a designated Natural monument (No.336). You can observe many seabirds, for example, Japanese Murrelet, Streaked Shearwater, Swineho's fork-tailed Petral and so on.
Kyongsangbuk-Do ; Ullung IslandThis island is located in the East-sea and was formed by volcanic activity. Sadong is a breeding site of Japanese Wood Pigeon and has been designated a Natural Mounment (No.237). You can see many seabirds there too.
Kyongsangnam-Do ; Junam Reservoir and UpoThere are many breeding birds here, including, Moorhen, Little Grebe, Coot, bittern, Great Reed Warbler and so on. In winter, there are diverse wildfowl including swans, Baikal Teal and so on. Sometimes you can see Oriental White Stork. Upo has been designated a RAMSA site.
Number of bird species: 475
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Korea wild bird societyWebsite
Wetlands & Birds KoreaWebsite
Dedicated to assisting the survival of charismatic Korean and Yellow Sea species such as the Saunders` Gull and Chinese Egret, this site aims to become the most informative and up-to-date English-language site on birds and wetlands in Korea: a one-stop shop for everyone interested in Korean birds and Korean conservation with Recent Bird Reports and extensive Archives; an unofficial National Checklist; Site Introductions and Travel tips; Updates on Wetland Conservation Issues and backgrounds to initiatives.
The Republic of Korea presently has 2 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance, with a surface area of 960 hectares...
2002 [August] - Jan Hein van SteenisReport
Both travel and birdwatching guides will warn you that visiting Korea in July or August is not a good idea: it is hot, it rains a lot, and the interesting migrant birds are absent...
2002 [May] - Tim Allison - Shorebirds on the Keumgang EstuaryReport
This trip was planned as a bird trip from the get-go. The original plan was to visit the Keumgang and Mangkyeong estuaries, but in the end I spent all my time along the Keumgang in order to save time and energy (this was a tiring trip!). Given the shortness and limited geographical scope of this trip, I`ll avoid going into great detail, but I`ll give an overall species list and describe the locations visited over my 29-hour visit to the area...
2002 [October] - Nial and Charlie Moores - SaemankeumReport
As autumn shorebird passage picks up along the East Asian - Australasian Flyway, birders in Korea are once again heading to Saemankeum, a vast inter-tidal wetland linked inextricably with the future of species such as the rapidly declining Spoon-billed Sandpiper - indeed already this autumn six Spoon-billeds have been seen there...
2002 [Spring] - Wilton FarrellyReport
This was the first organised birding trip to South Korea in spring. The purpose was to see shorebirds and to experience spring migration. Many of the participants had also previously birded Hong Kong, Beidaihe and Happy Island and were looking for species that are difficult to locate at other birding destinations.
2003 [October] Mathias RitschardReport
This tour was organized by Liberty Bird http://www.liberty-bird.com with all logistics arranged by Nial Moores http://www.birdskorea.org Traveling around in South Korea is difficult, since very few Korean people speak English, which, in addition to a sometimes not very open attitude towards foreigners, makes cooperation difficult...
2004 [January] - Collaerts PeterReport
...In winter South-Korea is one of the best birding places in the eastern paleartic to see rare ducks, gulls, cranes and raptors. Global threatened species like Swan Goose, Baikal Teal, Falcated Duck, Scaly-sided Merganser, Steller’s Sea-eagle, Oriental Stork, Red-crowned, White-naped and Hooded Crane and Relict and Saunders’s Gull are all possible within a two week trip...
2005 [February] - Ed KeebleReport
...This extended trip was organised around two long-cherished ambitions- to see Steller’s Sea Eagle on the ice in Hokkaido and to see a drake Scaly-sided Merganser anywhere one could be found. The trip was successful on both scores and of course provided plenty of other entertainment besides...
2005 [February] - Richard & Erica KlimReport
...Most birders would have to sell their house to afford the cost of an organised birding tour to Japan. But trip reports by Björn Anderson and Dave Sargeant have demonstrated that independent birding trips to Japan are not difficult...
2005 [January] - Gruff DoddReport
This was a whistle stop one week tour of South Korea, starting in the DMZ north of Seoul, then birding down the west coast as far as Haenam, then along the south coast to Guryongpo and Busan, before making the long drive back to Seoul...
2005 [October] - Trev FelthamReport
This is an account of only the birds that I saw during this trip. I would like to thank Nial Moores for arranging everything, teaching us a little about Korean culture, being a brilliant birder and guide, and without his knowledge we would have struggled...
2007 [May] - Nick AllenReport
I visited South Korea for just over a fortnight in May 2007 with my fiancée Hyeza, with the intention of meeting some of her family and seeing some of the country, not primarily for birdwatching...
2010 [June] - Nick AllenReport
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
Wetlands & Birds KoreaTour Operator
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Birds of KoreaWebsite
In Korean… checklist of birds.
Birds of Korea - Dr. ChoWebsite
Welcome to my homepage. I want to introduce Korean birds to birdmaniacs. There are about 13 orders, 54 families, 194 genera, 416 species, and many beautiful birdwatching sites in Korea. Some birds are protected as natural monuments, rare&vulnerable and endangered birds. Also some birds are recorded in Red databook. We have diverse avifauna. In spring and summer we can observe breeding birds from southeast Asia and resident birds, and in fall and winter, we can observe wintering birds from Russia and north China. In my homepage, you can see pictures of Korean bird, search birdwatching sites and read abstract of The Korean Journal of Ornithology. If you want to do birdwatching or get information about Korean bird, how about contact me or our laboratory? I'll help you willingly. Thank you. Have a nice day.
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