Monday, July 22, 2013

Flashback to Baekryeong Island May 21-24

Awesome beach
Burned-out armoured vehicle on the west coast where we spotted the Slaty-blue Flycatcher
Dr. Moores: he never tires, so do try and keep up
Sunset over a massive reservoir
Bomb shelter
Mind the landmines

Endless 'unbirded' habitat in a prime location

All aboard the Democracy 5!
Lanceolated Warbler Locustella lanceolata
Ruddy-breasted Crake Porzana fusca
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Asian Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone paradisi
  I fear I've left a pretty patchy record here of my April-May Yellow Sea birding jaunt. Here's a bit from the end of my awesome spring, a trip report written by the inimitable Dr. Nial Moores, a gentleman I had the pleasure of crossing paths with on several islands this spring.
  It was a pretty incredible experience birding such a great bit of underbirded habit, which happens to lie north of the 38th parallel, within sight of the North Korean mainland. As such, it is the most heavily-fortified bit of real estate I've ever seen. Two foreigners bristling with optics and tromping around military bases attracted unwanted attention a few times. But what's a couple of accusations of espionage in the name of spring birding?
  Dr. Moores covers the highlights better than I ever could, so read away!
  Ah, and here's a pic of a tiny Lanceolated Warbler that I 'cornered' in a small depression. It just sat there, perhaps five feet away, eyeballing me. Great encounter, and one I was lucky enough to get my camera out for, as we had to keep cameras out of sight most of the time. As for the horrible quality of any other bird images I captured, I blame the dusk!

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