Wide Busan 20. Bird watching at its best
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    Wide Busan 20. Bird watching at its best

     

    Enjoy the natural theater of winter migrations


    The Nakdong River estuary ranks as Korea’s largest habitat for migratory birds. This is a place where freshwater rivers and lakes mix with salty seas to support a rich but delicate ecosystem made up of bounteous flora and wildlife.

    Now is the season to trace the annual migratory flight patterns of various birds are they fly in search of different climes, with the estuary playing home to around 140 different species.

    Of these, some of the most exciting to watch out for include the whooper swan, designated as a natural monument, the spoonbill, Chinese goose, hooded gull and greater white-fronted goose.

    The area offers three prime viewing spots in the form of the Nakdong Estuary Eco Center, Mt. Ami Observatory and Eulsukdo Migratory Bird Park.

     

    Nakdong Estuary Eco Center

     The center opened as a venue to see how animals live in their natural habitats throughout the year. The three-story center has an experience zone, video room, mini library and exhibition hall. There is also a special section reserved for the Busan Life Animal Treatment Center.

    Until December 23, the eco center is hosting a regional exhibition of bird photography, as well as a show about eagle owls on the 1st floor lobby.

    * Opening hours and admission fee: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on New Year’s Day and Mondays. Admission is free. Programs offered by the center come with additional charges.

    * Information: Telephone (051-209-2031)    

     

    Mt. Ami Observatory

    The observatory on the estuary’s sand spit is one of the best places to observe the beautiful natural scenery of the delta, migratory birds and sunset.

    The facility includes user-friendly materials about the geography and geological features of the estuary to give visitors a better understanding of the area and the ecosystem that it supports.

    During the Ramsar Convention in 2008, this was an official part of the tour program. Last year it received the Busandawun Architectural Award.

    * Opening hours and admission fee: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with last admission at 5 p.m. Closed on New Year’s Day and Mondays. Admission is free. Groups of 20 or less people can request tour guides to explain more about the exhibitions at weekends.

    * Information: Telephone (051-265-6863)


    Eulsukdo Migratory Bird Park

    This park, designated as Precious Natural Treasure No. 179, was built on restored land to protect migratory birds and preserve the environment.

    The park is divided into three sections: an education and experience zone, a buffer zone and a main preservation zone. Access to the latter two zones is restricted to protect the swampland and the birds.

    * Opening hours and admission fee: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free.

    * Information: Telephone (051-209-2031)