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Korea Through Her Birds: Windows into a World

Korea Through Her Birds: Windows into a World
  • Author : Robert Newlin
  • Publisher : Seoul Selection
  • Pub. Date : June 2013
  • Cover : Softcover
  • Dimensions (in inches) : 9.25x7.48x0.63
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN : 9781624120060

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    Korea’s birds deserve a wider audience. The country’s geographical location, topography, temperate climate, and wealth of diverse habitats combine to support an extraordinarily attractive avifauna. Many visitors to Korea see the impressive metropolitan centers of Seoul or Busan, and others may visit Jejudo Island’s black sand beaches or hike the popular mountain trails. Fewer see the more hidden parts of the country: the western offshore islands, the scattered and diminishing wetlands, the picturesque east coast fishing villages, the mountain hamlets and the river valleys.

     

    We can glimpse these places through the birds that live there. Moreover, we can glimpse something else—hints of Korea’s people, culture, and history. A picture of a bird yields a narrow but genuine window into a country’s identity. What a country’s arts or folklore or language says about nature—or says by means of nature—has a special authenticity.

     

    Above all, there are the birds themselves, in all their many types of beauty. This book seeks to introduce the birds: through photographs, through descriptions of their lives, and through the ways our different cultures, Western and Asian both, perceive them.

     

    Contents

     

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 11

    INTRODUCTION 13 

    Chapter 1  WINDOWS 17

    Grey-headed Woodpecker 20

    White’s Thrush 22

    Eurasian Kestrel 24

    Eurasian Sparrowhawk 26

    White-throated Rock Thrush 28

    Chestnut Bunting 30

    Varied Tit 32

    Stejneger’s Stonechat 34

    Long-tailed Tit 36

    Arctic Warbler 38

    Alpine Accentor 40

    Chestnut-flanked White-eye 42

    Chinese Grosbeak 44

    Bull-headed Shrike 46

    Daurian Redstart 48

     

    Chapter 2 CURTAINS 51

    Grey Heron 54

    Oriental Scops Owl 56

    Brown Hawk Owl or Northern Boobook 58

    Yellow-breasted Bunting 60

    Eagle Owl 62

    Long-tailed Shrike & Chinese Penduline Tit 64

    Rhinocerous Auklet 66

    Eastern Crowned Warbler 68

    Brown Shrike 70

    Common Pheasant 72

    Oriental Reed Warbler 74

    Yellow Wagtail 76

    Cattle Egret 78

     

    Chapter 3 MOTION 81

    Little Tern 84

    Hen Harrier 86

    Far-eastern Oystercatcher 88

    Naumann’s Thrush 90

    Eurasian Bullfinch 92

    Japanese White-eye & Common Rosefinch 94

    Eurasian Nuthatch 96

    Terek Sandpiper 98

    Spectacled Guillemot 100

    Common Sandpiper 102

    Black-winged Stilt 104

    Black-faced Spoonbill 106

    Ancient Murrelet 108

     

    Chapter 4 CURTAINS 51

    Grey Heron 54

    Oriental Scops Owl 56

    Brown Hawk Owl or Northern Boobook 58

    Yellow-breasted Bunting 60

    Eagle Owl 62

    Long-tailed Shrike & Chinese Penduline Tit 64

    Rhinocerous Auklet 66

    Eastern Crowned Warbler 68

    Brown Shrike 70

    Common Pheasant 72

    Oriental Reed Warbler 74

    Yellow Wagtail 76

    Cattle Egret 78

     

    Chapter 5 MOTION 81

    Little Tern 84

    Hen Harrier 86

    Far-eastern Oystercatcher 88

    Naumann’s Thrush 90

    Eurasian Bullfinch 92

    Japanese White-eye & Common Rosefinch 94

    Eurasian Nuthatch 96

    Terek Sandpiper 98

    Spectacled Guillemot 100

    Common Sandpiper 102

    Black-winged Stilt 104

    Black-faced Spoonbill 106

    Ancient Murrelet 108

     

    Chapter 6 MYUNG-AM 179

    White-bellied Green Pigeon 182

    Spotted Dove 184

    Japanese Robin 186

    Hawfinch 188

    Japanese Grosbeak 190

    Japanese Wagtail 192

    Black Paradise Flycatcher 194

    Siberian Accentor 196

    Black Brant 198

    Falcated Duck 200

    Common Snipe 202

    Short-eared Owl 204

    Blue-and-white Flycatcher 206

    Green Sandpiper 208

     

    Chapter 7 DIMINISHING FRAMES 211

    Ruddy Kingfisher 214

    Curlew Sandpiper 216

    Eurasian Spoonbill 218

    Ruddy Crake 220

    Bar-tailed Godwit 222

    Brambling 224

    Great Knot 226

    Grey-capped Woodpecker 228

    Plumbeous Redstart 230

    Asian Stubtail & Oriental Cuckoo 232

    White-backed Woodpecker 234

    Pallas’s Reed Bunting 238

    Scaly-sided Merganser 240

     

    ENVOI 243

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  • About the Author

    Robert Newlin has watched birds since he was about five years old. Early experiences included many Christmas and May counts, banding work, waterfowl surveys on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay area, and, during university years, summer positions doing breeding bird surveys for the Smithsonian Institute. He holds a BA (Wesleyan University) and PhD (Rutgers University) in literature, specializing in medieval beast literature and natural-historical writings, especially in English, Latin, and French. Recent research has focused upon East Asian birds in nature and in culture. Professor Newlin has taught Comparative and English Literatures at various universities in the United States and Korea—most recently at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul. His writings and bird photographs have been published in a number of books and journals in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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