|February 26, 2012, Gureyong-po peninsula, South Korea|
|The 'Reservoir Dogs' of Korean birding!|
|By the end of the day, we were all frozen|
|Epic assemblage of Birds Koreans|
|Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis|
|Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator (female at left, male right)|
|Ancient Murrelet Synthliboramphus wumizusume|
|Raft of Ancient Murrelets Synthliboramphus wumizusume|
|Common Gull Larus canus|
|Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus tearing the wing off a dead Ancient Murrelet Synthliboramphus wumizusume|
|Mongolian Gull Larus mongolicus|
|Vega Gull Larus vegae|
We spent the day on the Gureyong-po peninsula, and things started off well when we spotted 300+ Russet Sparrows - the largest flock ever recorded in Korea, and a long sought-after lifer for me. Highlights from our extensive seawatching included massive rafts of Ancient Murrelets, and great views of male Harlequin Ducks and Rhinocerous Auklets. Dr. Moores also picked out a Caspian Gull on a beach, a species previously recorded only a handful of times in Korea.
All told, it was an exhausting but extremely rewarding birding weekend, and I will remember the giddy car rides well. It is sobering to think that the six non-Korean birders that assembled on this trip represented most of the foreign birders in the whole of South Korea. It reinforces my feeling that there are plenty of interesting birds to be found in Korea, but almost no one is looking for them.