Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites [Special Trip] Christmas Winter Birding Trip in South Korea (5 day, 2019.12.21~25) :: Birding Korea

Christmas Winter Birding Trip in South Korea (5 day, 2019.12.21~25)


Seoul - Han Estuary - Cheorwon -  Cheonsu Bay - Geum river - Han River Upstream - Seoul

  • Birding site : Rice field, Mudflat, Wetland & Forest (DMZ area included)  
  • How far from Seoul : 30~250km
  • How to bird : driving & walking 
  • Main Target : Tundra Bean Goose, Swan Goose, Falcated Teal, Baikal Teal, Scaly-sided Merganser, Smew, Oriental Stork, Saunders's Gull, White-tailed Eagle, Steller's Sea Eagle, Cinereous Vulture, White-naped Crane, Hooded Crane, Red-crowned Crane, Eurasian Eagle Owl, Pygmy Woodpecker, Pallas's Rosefinch
  • Target Family : Geese, Ducks, Cranes, Raptors, Woodpeckers, Thrushes, Robins, Finches, Bunting, Crows
  • Peoried : 21~25 December 2019
  • Booking until 31th October
  • Entry Fee (Deposit : $500)



Targets in detail

  • Whooper Swan
  • Tundra Bean Goose
  • Taiga Bean Goose
  • Swan Goose
  • Mandarin Duck
  • Ruddy Shelduck
  • Common shelduck
  • Falcated Teal
  • Baikal Teal
  • Common Pochard
  • Smew
  • Scaly-sided Merganser
  • Oriental Stork
  • Eurasian Spoonbill
  • Mew Gull
  • Black-tailed Gull
  • Slaty-backed Gull
  • Saunders's Gull
  • White-tailed Eagle
  • Steller's Sea Eagle
  • Eastern Marsh Harrier
  • Hen Harrier
  • Eurasian Sparrowhawk
  • Upland Buzzard
  • Eastern Buzzard
  • Cinereous Vulture
  • Merlin
  • Ring-necked Pheasant
  • White-naped Crane
  • Hooded Crane
  • Red-crowned Crane
  • Common Crane
  • Eurasian Eagle Owl
  • Long-eared Owl
  • Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker
  • Whtie-backed Woodpecker
  • Eurasian Skylark
  • Bull-headed Shrike
  • Chinese Great Grey Shrike
  • Azure-winged Magpie
  • Daurian Jackdaw
  • Japanese Waxwing
  • Bohemian Waxwing
  • Coal Tit
  • Varied Tit
  • Marsh Tit
  • Brown-eared Bulbul
  • Vinous-throated Parrotbill
  • Japanese White-eye
  • Siberian Accentor
  • Japanese Wagtail
  • Grey-capped Greenfinch
  • Long-tailed Rosefinch
  • Pallas's Rosefinch
  • Yellow-billed Grosbeak
  • Japanese Grosbeak
  • Daurian Redstart
  • Dusky Thrush
  • Naumman's Thrush
  • Meadow Bunting
  • Yellow-throated Bunting
  • Rustic Bunting
  • Grey Bunting
  • Pallas's Reed Bunting
  • Common Reed Bunting



  • This trip is designed to focus on the most favorate winter birds. This trip will cover the most of the famous wintering habitats in Midwest of South Korea.
  • This Trip starts and ends in Seoul.
  • An experienced leader will guide you through all the schedules.
  • Booking is open until the end of September. The trip will be arranged when attendees are 3 or more.


Day 0 (20th December)

Seoul - Arrival and Welcoming


Day 1 (21st December)

Han Estuary & Imjin River - The vast agricultural land around Han Estuary is an ideal location for the birds to rest or get food. Also, the area downstream of Han Estuary is a military protective sector, which prohibits civilian access. As a result, the natural environment is preserved well. You will meet the most beautiful crane site in Korea. 


Day 2 (22nd December)

Cheorwon Cheorwon is famous for being the best crane-watching site in East Asia. Cheorwon is very close to the DMZ, so a local guide will help us to get into Civilian Control Area and core points. If we are lucky, we can see more than 5 different crane species. It's one of the biggest wintering habitat for Cinereous Vultures.


Day 3 (23rd December)

Seosan Cheonsu Bay Cheonsu-Bay is the most attractive birdwatching site for wintering birds. It's located on the west coast of Chungcheong province. The biggest rice fields are filled with hundreds of thousands of geese and ducks. Oriental Stork, Eurasian Spoonbill and many kinds of raptors can also be found here.


Day 4 (24th December)

Geum River Estuary - One of the top 5 birding sites in Korea. We will focus on Baikal teals in this area. They form huge groups in Korea in winter-over 500,000 at times. If we are lucky, we can see one of the greatest spectacles in the avian world. 


Day 5 (25th December)

Han river Upstream The upper area of the Han River is one of the most popular places for Steller's sea eagle, Scaly-sided merganser and Whooper swan in Korea. Though this place is close to Seoul, it's really amazing to be able to see many kinds of common winter birds.

Day 6 (26th December)

Seoul - Leaving and Farewell


Included in the cost :  Accommodation(6 nights, twin room or Korean-style floor-heating room), all meals including picnic lunches during trip, bottled water, transportation, all park entrance fees, and the services of local guides and leaders. 


Not included : International airfare, insurance, visa fees, departure tax, excess luggage charges, meals on 20th and 26th December, drinks, tips, and items of a personal nature.




  • After you submit your booking request, please send you deposit($500) to PayPal account birding.kr@gmail.com.
  • If you have any questions, please e-mail us at birding.kr@gmail.com. 

  • If you would like a longer tour to visit more birding hot spots, you can ask post tour additionally.

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