Steaming Sea in South Korea

In January 2016 I led a bird watching tour to South Korea. Although we expected cold weather we had not bargained for the unusually severe conditions that we ended up with. East Asia experienced some of the coldest weather conditions on record and we regularly encountered temperatures of -15C; this did not stop us from seeing plenty of amazing birds including Steller’s Sea Eagle, Red-crowned Crane and White-naped Crane. This photo was taken at sunrise on the east coast of South Korea when the air temperature was so much lower than the sea temperature that a low-lying mist formed above the water, creating the impression that the sea was boiling.

Although it froze my fingers to take this shot this set of waves and mist broken up by the lines of the docks in the early morning light seemed to make an interesting photo. I will be running another birding tour to South Korea in January 2017 when we expect much milder weather conditions. A birding┬átrip report for the 2016 tour can be seen here – South Korea Tour Report, January 2016.

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