Black-faced spoonbill flies into the sky over Tomigusuku after having treatment

Black-faced spoonbill flies into the sky over Tomigusuku after having treatment

On March 3:00pm, at the Toyosaki mudflats in Tomigusuku, staff members of the Okinawa Prefectural Government released a black-faced spoonbill after looking after it. (Taken by Choei Nakama.)


March 15, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 14, a black-faced spoonbill that had been entangled in fishing line recovered from its troubled situation flew into the sky over the Toyosaki mudflats, Tomigusuku. Two staff members of the Nature Conservation Section of the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) released the rare migratory bird from a cardboard box and noted that it flew away and landed on the flood-control basin at Yone a few kilometers far away, where it bathed with eight other spoonbills.

On March 11, the spoonbill found itself under the protective wing of the OPG, and received treatment in a veterinary hospital in Naha. Before it was released back to the wild, the bird recovered enough to eat 100 smelts a day.

Masakuni Yamashiro, the chairman of the Wild Bird Society of Okinawa said, “I want people who go fishing to cooperate by not leaving fishing lines around. We are going to put up warning posters about this.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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