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Cheonsuman International Birds Watching Fair 2005

From 22 October till 30 November 2005 every bird watcher can participate in the Cheonsuman Birds Watching Fair in Seosan.
Cheonsuman Bay in Seosan is a treasure house which accomodates a lot of migratory birds. All 29 species of migratory birds are designated as natural monuments according to the Protection of Cultural Properties Act.

In the Information Hall people get an introduction to the International Birds watching Fair and the Seosan Cheonsuman Ecological Center will give a detailed description about the Eurasian Spoonbill, the theme bird of this year.

The Migratory Bird Exhibition Hall shows and educational description of general migratory birds, the route map of Bailkal Teals, the life of a Black-Winged Stilt (a summer visitor) and Korean natural monuments in detail.

In the Bird Exhibition Hall will be an exhibition of sample birds that fly into Cheonsuman Bay and a wide range of natural monuments in Korea. Tis hall is very informative for visitors.

The Migratory Birds Audio-Visual Hall and the Bird Audio-Visual Hall show a beautiful documentary film about migratory birds and the wonderful encounters of men with birds. Also a description of around 30 species of birds living in Cheonsuman Bay and a film about 10 species of representative migratory birds will be shown. This year visitors can enjoy watching a film about Baikal Teals through a large TV screen.

But the most interesting part of this fair is the Bird Watching Tour. You may look around wide reclaimed land and lake by car through this conducted tour. The Bird Watching Tour along migratory birds in nature out of an oppresive city will show you the impressive world.

On the following websites you can find more information on activities in combination with migratory birds.
- Mountain Temple Experience with migratory birds watching
-You-Pick sweet potatoes and kimchi making
-Teenager Migratory Birds watching Camp
-Hands-on Farming with migratory bird watching

But about which species we are talking? Here follows a list of migratory birds that can be found in Seosan Cheonsuman Bay:

* Mute Swan
* Whooper Swan (National Monument no. 201) - Cygnus cygnus
* Anser Cygniodes
* Brent Goose (No. 325)
* Mandarin Duck (No. 327) - Aix Galericulata
* Scops Owl
* Collard Scops Owl
* Brown Hawk Owl
* Long Eared Owl
* Short Eared Owl (No. 324)
* White-Naped Crane (No. 203)
* Hooded Crane (No. 208) - Gurs Monacha
* Japanese Crane (No. 202)
* Oyster Catcher (No. 326) - Haematopus Ostralegus Osculans
* White-Tailed Sea Eagle
* Steller's Sea eagle
* Golden Eagle (No. 243)
* Hen Harrier
* Sparrow Hawk
* Goshawk
* Chinese Sparrow Hawk - Accipiter Soloensis
* Kestrel - Falco Tinnunculus
* Peregrine Falcon (No.323)
* Chinese Egret (No. 361) - Egretta Eulophotes
* Eurasian Spoonbill - Platalea Leucorodia
* Black Faced Spoonbill (No. 205) - Accipiter Gentilis
* Black Stork (No.200)
* White Stork (No. 199) - Ciconia Boyciana
* Eagle Owl (No. 324) - Bubo Bubo Kiautschensis

The Whooper Swan is a winter migratory bird classified under order Anserformes family Anatidae, and mostly spends its winters flying over wetlands like the Cheonsuman Bay, Seosan; Eulsukdo, Busan; the Junam Reservoir, Gyeongnam.
The body length is approx. 1.5 meters and the wings leghts spread out is about 2.4 meters. All females are pure white and the young birds are grey-brown. The Whooper Swan is similar to the Bewick's Swan, but is distinguished with its wider portion of yellow on het bill. Legs are black or dark grey. Unlike Mute Swans that bend their necks down while swimming the Whooper Swan swims with her neck held straight up. There are 9 types of swans that have been identified, but three types of the Bewick's swan, the whooper swan and the mute swan have been seen in Korea. The Whooper Swan was designated as natural monument no. 201 along with the Bewick's swan and the mute swan in 1968.
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