Friday, February 3, 2012

Narcissus Flycatcher

Narcissus Flycatcher Ficedula narcissina (first-summer male - note olive-brown patches and less vivid throat - Mara Island, South Korea, April 2009)
Narcissus Flycatcher Ficedula narcissina (male, Mara Island, April 2009)
Narcissus Flycatcher Ficedula narcissina (first-summer male - Jeju Island, May 2009)
Narcissus Flycatcher Ficedula narcissina (male, Jeju Island, April 2010)
Narcissus Flycatcher Ficedula narcissina (first-summer(?) male - Jeju Island, April 2010)
Narcissus Flycatcher Ficedula narcissina (male - Jeju Island, April 2010)
Narcissus Flycatcher Ficedula narcissina (male - Jeju Island, April 2011)
  Hard to think of a better name for such a gorgeous bird.  They do kind of swagger like they know it, too!  Their Korean name, 'Hwanggeumsae' translates to 'Yellow-gold bird'.  Aptly named again.  
  For a few magic weeks in late April to early May, I used to spot these unmistakable glowing birds at several choice locations in my patch on Jeju Island.  One of them was a quiet riverside park, where several males (never the drab olive females) could always be found loitering in the trees over the river. The Narcissus winters down in Borneo, and breeds in Japan, only passing through Korea's southeast briefly.  Here's hoping we get some here on Geoje this spring!

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