South Korea to Become 4th Nation to Hunt Whales

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whales South Korea Japan huntingThis announcement is considered a major blow to the campaign to end global whaling. It sucks big time.

Broome to Busan

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I then flew south to Sydney to have the weekend with my sister and family. I then flew into Busan, South Korea after a heavy rain storm Tuesday morning and the first birds I saw were egrets beside the runway. The Birds Korea website has a very good gallery. The big excitement for him last week was seeing a Dollarbird there, as we get them come as far south as Broome, but have not seen them in Asia. Trips Busan South Korea

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Hiking in Busan

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Well, it was my lucky day as I changed the card and got more photos and I had a Blue Rock Thrush to add to my South Korea bird list… with evidence! Trips Busan South KoreaOver the few weeks since I arrived in Busan to join Grant there has been a gradual change in the weather. It has finally become less humid since Typhoon Talas came close last week, but did not cause us to have the torrential rain that Japan experienced.

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Birding across the barrage in Busan

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Trips Busan South KoreaWhere has the last week gone?! I have walked for miles exploring around this amazing city. I stand out as a foreigner, but even more than that I don’t have a frilly umbrella like the other women! Should I get one? No, I think I will stick with a hat! What I had not realised before we came was how many steps there are in this city! You look on a map and see a park and then realise there are hundreds of steps to get to it.

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Elsukdo Island in search of shorebirds

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Birding Trips Busan South KoreaWell one day this week saw me searching for shorebirds, as there must be some here somewhere that I can get to. There are signs up to explain that there are not many left due to reclamation, industry and pollution along the Nakdong Estuary, but I must be able to find something if I go out on low tide… surely?! I am enjoying the forest birds, but a shorebird would be a change and it would mean no climbing mountains!

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Busan to Broome

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Trips Busan South KoreaWell, as you read this I will be sitting on an aeroplane heading from Busan to Hong Kong to Sydney… time to go home! I have a day in Sydney with my sister and family and then go home to Broome… hopefully not delayed by the threat of a Qantas baggage handlers strike starting Tuesday morning as I try to fly north-west. I joined everyone else with a phone accessory!

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Hoemunsan Recreational Forest

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Jason contacted me to see if I would like to explore beyond the city of Busan as another Birds Korea member had found a great spot for Eurasian Nuthatches by chance. So, you are wondering where the Brown Dipper photo is, well it is over to Mike for that and you can check out what Jason had to say on the Birds Korea Blog about our trip! Trips South KoreaAfter my first post on arrival in Busan I had a new friend to go birding with when Grant is at work!

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Lovebirds in the Limelight

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In case you missed it, today’s Google Doodle managed to reference not only the current Winter Olympics in South Korea, but also the fact that it’s Valentine’s Day. The Doodle features two animated Grebes , amid a snowy landscape and Asian architecture, engaging in a beautiful, serene mating dance that Google’s explanation likens to the elegance of figure skaters. The pas de deux concludes with what can only be described as a sweet bird hug.

Ruppy the glowing puppy

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They do their work at the Seoul National University in South Korea. The worlds’ first transgenic dog, Ruppy (short for Ruby Puppy), produces a fluorescent protein that glows red under ultraviolet light. Ruppy and four other beagles are the first dogs to glow, though the experiment has taken place in other animals. Byeong-Chun Lee and his team created the dogs by cloning fibroblast cells that create a red fluorescent gene.

Daurian Redstarts in Amnam Park

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Trips Busan South KoreaI have spent another week exploring this huge city and walking all over the place. It is possible to go above or underground to a lot of places and see more and more shops. I am not really into shopping, so I see what is about and head for the parks. I walked to Songdo Beach, which was first established as a beach almost 100 years ago and is extremely popular.

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The Elusive Goal of Bird-Safe Skyscrapers

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” That’s because an American architecture firm is planning what’s billed as the “world’s first invisible building” in South Korea. Or perhaps I should say “illusive.” Hat tip to Pat O’Donnell for the story; the image above is by GDS Architects, via CNN.) The skyscraper would apparently be cloaked in LED panels projecting an image of what’s on the other side of the building, for a pretty nifty see-through illusion.

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From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: Re “ South Koreans Assail U.S. This is a delicate issue that needs to be handled with sensitivity by leaders in Seoul and Washington, so that the question of beef does not derail the important free-trade agreement with South Korea being considered by Congress. South Korea is a tremendous ally of the United States. Without our strong alliance with South Korea, our influence in Asia would be vastly diminished.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

BENNETT Jeju, South Korea, Sept. To the Editor: Your reporting on the illegal ivory trade (“ Elephants Dying in Epic Frenzy as Ivory Fuels Wars and Profits ,” “The Price of Ivory” series, front page, Sept. 4) is a chilling reminder of just how high the stakes have become today for elephants in the wild. Our experience on the ground confirms your reporting that this trade is increasingly tied to organized crime.

Hoopoe

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We saw these birds in Egypt in 1994 and they were just great and Grant saw 5 in Busan, South Korea a few weeks ago, just after I got home to Broome. Hoopoe Upupa Epops With a name like that you would just want to see this bird! It sounds good and it looks good… even a non-birder would be impressed! I was deeply jealous, but I had seen some good birds in Busan that he had missed whilst at work.

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The Cattle Egret Expansion

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They have expanded their range through Indonesia and into Australia and is found in post breeding dispersal as far north as South Korea and Japan. But while their range expansion in the old world was made up of relatively short hops no one expected this species to move westward across the Atlantic Ocean to South America but it did just that! The species has been recorded as far north as Alaska and as far south as some of the islands off Antartica.

Birding around Cossack

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We have also seen them in South Korea now! My feature picture shows the view from the lookout at Cossack that looks across to Jarman Island and the lighthouse is a significant historic landmark. It was in use from 1888 until 1985 and has been lovingly restored. The lighthouse construction is pre-fabricated cast iron and was shipped from England, along with the lens. Cossack was one of the earliest ports in the north of Western Australia and the first settlers arrived in 1863.

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Best Bird of the Year 2011

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Hoopoe was my Best Bird of the Year despite all the new birds I saw in Busan, South Korea. 2011 is about to become 2012 and birders the world over are taking a look at their year lists and reminiscing about the awesome sightings and devastating dips that they have experienced. We here at 10,000 Birds thought this would be a perfect time to look back and figure out what each of us considered our Best Bird of the Year, just like we did last year.

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Best Bird of the Year 2012

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2012 has certainly been a bumper year for me with an estimated year list of around 3,000 species after extensive travels to South Africa, Ethiopia, South Korea, Indonesia, the Russian Far East, United Kingdom, Peru, Guatemala and Panama. As 2012 draws to a close we here at 10,000 Birds thought that it would be a great idea if we, like we did in 2010 and 2011 , shared our Best Birds of the Year.

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