South Korea is a key wintering ground for several migratory species, many of whom are found in very large numbers. These great birding spectacles are set against a backdrop of snowy mountains, pine forests, sweeping coastal wetlands and estuaries. We can look forward to enjoying impressive gatherings of wildfowl with vast flocks of geese and cranes, colonies of various gulls and rafts of alcids just offshore.

Often overlooked for their more illustrious neighbours of Japan and China, South Korea offers equally exceptional birding in a far more condescend area, with top class infrastructure and enviable safety. The country's lack of bird persecution contributes to the abundance of birds, providing for repeat, quality sightings of sought-after species instead of fleeting glimpses.

Highlights are sure to include stunning encounters with the rare Scaly-sided Merganser, large flocks of Red-crowned, White-naped and Hooded Cranes, a chance for Steller’s Sea Eagle, numerous Baikal Teal, Swan Goose, Oriental Stork, Solitary Snipe, Azure-winged Magpie, Chinese Grey Shrike, Chinese Penduline Tit and Relict Gull.

Top Birds

Scaly-sided Merganser; Whooper Swan; Swan Goose; Smew; Harlequin, Falcated & Mandarin Ducks; Baikal Teal; Sandhill, Hooded, White-naped, Red-crowned & Common Cranes; Oriental Stork; Solitary Snipe; Pelagic & Japanese Cormorants; Saunders's, Black-tailed, Slaty-backed, Glaucous, Glaucous-winged & Relict Gulls; Steller’s Sea Eagle (rare); Japanese Pygmy Woodpecker; Azure-winged Magpie; Chinese Grey & Bull-headed Shrikes; Chinese Penduline Tit; Naumann's & Dusky Thrushes; Hawfinch; Pallas's Rosefinch; Japanese Wagtail; Long-billed Plover; Pallas’s Reed Bunting.

Habitats Covered

coast, estuaries, rivers, rice fields, mudflats, Pine Forest,

Expected Climate

Temperatures are cold, typically ranging from 0°C to 10°C (32°F to 50°F) during the day. Snow can fall at any time, strong winds & fog may affect birding.

Max Group Size

8 with 1 Rockjumepr Tour Leader

Tour Pace & Walking

Mostly an easy tour. Days are reasonably short. Drives are not particularly long; most birding is straight forward. Suitable for all birding / wildlife interest levels and most mobility capabilities.


Good to comfortable.

Ease of Birding

Easy. Several target species & rarities, but species diversity is reasonably low. Most birding is in open habitat.

Number of Species Expected


Other Attractions

DMZ with North Korea, war memorials.

Photographic Opportunities

Worthwhile to good. Some species can be distant (i.e.: estuaries).

South Korea - Winter Specialities 2025

17 Feb 2025 - 28 Feb 2025 (12 days)

USD6,595 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Richard Thomas

Pricing notes : Twin rooms are not available, so all participants not sharing a double bed will require a single room.

Tour price (Per person): USD6,595 * GBP5,060 * EUR6,027 * AUD9,786

Single Supplement: USD820 * GBP629 * EUR749 * AUD1,217

South Korea - Winter Specialities 2026

17 Feb 2026 - 28 Feb 2026 (12 days)

USD6,900 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Paul Varney

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change* Twin rooms are not available, so all participants not sharing a double bed will require a single room.

Tour price (Per person): USD6,900 * GBP5,295 * EUR6,306 * AUD10,238

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