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Korea October 2014

  • Three days spent birding on a family holiday from 4-18th of the month. October seemed to be an in-between time for the birds in the country with almost all of the summer visitors gone, but with the winter visitors mostly still to arrive – I was told most waterfowl come in late October/early November...Nicholas Allen reports

South Korea 13th to 26th June 2010

  • Intermediate Egret is the common heron of paddies, followed by fairly common Cattle Egret and Grey Heron...Nick Allen reports

South Korea May 2007

  • Immediately east of Dongmak Beach on the southern coastal road this ancient fortification/watch-point provides a good vantage point looking over some useful mudflats... Scrub and woodland clothes the sides of the small peninsula and held some interesting birds, including the beautiful-looking Black-capped Kingfisher...Nick Allen reports

South Korea 21st Sept - 12th Oct 2005

  • I have been lucky enough now to have seen birds like Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Nordmann’s Greenshank, but for many up and coming birders of the future, this may never happen....Trevor Feltham reports

South Korea 22- 30 January 2005

  • South Korea was all about quality not quantity – a winter trip here isn’t ever likely to produce a long list of birds, but some of the birds on offer are truly world-class – Scaly-sided Merganser, Baikal Teal, Steller’s Sea-Eagle, Relict and Saunders’ Gulls, Red-crowned, White-naped and Hooded Cranes. Solitary Snipe and Oriental White Stork are just some of the species on offer...Gruff Dodd reports

South Korea and Japan late January to February 2005

  • 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.á The trip was successful on both scores and of course provided plenty of other entertainment besides....Ed Keeble reports

Japan and South Korea Feb 2005

  • The idea of a February trip was attractive, providing the opportunity for birding amongst some dramatic winter land- and seascapes, whilst avoiding any conflict with the 'peak' spring/autumn Holarctic birding seasons. The prospect of seeing large numbers of three species of crane, and the magnificent Steller's Sea Eagles was hard to resist...Richard & Erica Klim report.

South-Korea 3 - 19 January 2004

  • 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...Peter Collaerts reports.

South Korea July 18–August 7, 2002

  • 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. Also, it is holiday season, which will mean popular resort areas are full. If you are visiting Korea in summer because of a scientific congress, you may still want to try and do some birdwatching - and such was the case for me...Jan Hein van Steenis reports

South Korea Spring 2002

  • 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. Nordmanní's Greenshank, Black-Faced Spoonbill and Chinese Egret...Wilton Farrelly reports.

South Korea Winter Tour December 6-17 2001

  • The trip was largely a great success, and we recorded ca 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. Of even greater interest (perhaps) for Korean bird specialists, the combination of very mild temperatures and concentrated expertise also led to the apparently first Korean winter records of Dusky Warbler and Red Knot, as well as highly unexpected Far Eastern Curlew, Red-necked Stint and vagrant Dark-throated Thrushes...Nial Moores reports.

Shorebirds on the Keumgang Estuary, Kunsan, South Korea May 11-12, 2002

  • 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....Tim Allison reports.



A Field Guide to the Birds of Korea



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Some Useful bird books for South Korea:
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A Field Guide to the Birds of China
John MacKinnon, Karen Phillipps (Illustrator), Dave Showler (Illustrator): Buy from or
  • This is a comprehensive, taxonomically modern, and illustrated field guide to the birds of China. Over 1300 bird species are illustrated in 128 original colour paintings, by Karen Phillipps and Dave Showler. The species accounts stress the key points for field recognition and give a full description of the plumage, voice, range, distribution, status, and behavioural characteristics for every bird, with additional descriptions provided for hundreds of subspecie

Video: Birds of South Korea

  • A three hour birding extravaganza, the species and sites of Korea are contained in our conservation-driven Birds of South Korea video, described as "fantastic" by Steve Madge, and "the best birding video I have ever watched", by Bo Beolens, the Fatbirder.
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A Field Guide to the Birds of Korea
Lee Woo-Shin, Koo Tae-Hoe, Park Jin-Young: Buy from

  • It is a very good resource, although the English version contains some pretty awful translational errors (at least a couple of times, there is a negative added or dropped, and there are a few sentences that make absolutely no sense at all). It could be excellent with just a little more work, and it is the best FG available for Korea, and I'd consider it to be on a par with the Peterson's Guides in North America (which aren't my favourites, but they're certainly better than some)


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