Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bar-headed Goose!

Goose grounds
Getting his goose
Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus
Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis
Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis
Greater Painted Snipe Rostratula benghalensis (male)
Greater Painted Snipe Rostratula benghalensis (female)
  Ok I know I just wrote about how twitching is a waste of time (something a dipper would say), go bird your patch blah blah - but it's ok if the twitch is in your patch...right? Got the news on Friday from Tim that Korea's second (or is it?) Bar-headed Goose had turned up in nearby Hadong, so of course on Saturday morning that's where I was. Dr. Moores, Jason, and Ha Jeong Moon also showed up, and we had a nice long look at the goose, while debating its possible origins. We then hit my patch in Suncheon to look for some interesting typhoon-blown terns (Gull-billed, Whiskered) I'd spotted recently. More on them in an upcoming post. We didn't see any terns, but ended up spending time with some lovely Yellow Bitterns, as well as a surprise pair of Greater Painted Snipes. Read the proper reports here: 
Jason's trip report 
Dr.Moores on Bar-headed Geese
  In other news, my obsessive quest for the mythical Watercock (ha ha) continues... 

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