Six black-faced spoonbills rest in Tomigusuku

Six black-faced spoonbills rest in Tomigusuku

In the afternoon of November 8, some black-faced spoonbills rest their wings at Sankaku-ike in Yone, Tomigusuku. (Taken by Hiroaki Yamashiro)


November 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of November 8, six black-faced spoonbills, birds classified as an endangered species in the Red Data Book of the Ministry of the Environment, rested their wings on a pond known as Sankaku-Ike in the Yone district of Tomigusuku. According to bird-watchers, two of them stayed at the pond and were flying back and forth between Yone and the Awase tidal. These four birds are the first to fly to Okinawa this winter. Among them was a bird with a J15 tag on its foot, indicating that it also flew in last year.

In recent years more than ten black-faced spoonbills have flown in to the same pond, and it is expected that that number will increase in future.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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