【Kamuy landscapes】

The deep forests and coastlines inhabited by wildlife. Introducing Hokkaido’s natural scenery that changes with the seasons

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【Kamuy landscapes】 Migrating birds in the morning mist – Bibai

A wedge of geese flies amid the spring haze

Early in the morning, the Ishikari Plain is shrouded in spring haze. From the Tsukigata Ohashi Bridge, which straddles the border between the city of Bibai and the town of Tsukigata in the Sorachi region, the view beyond the Ishikari River is that of the Pinneshiri and Kamuishiri mountains.

A gaggle of roosting geese begins to move. After wintering in Honshu, tens of thousands of geese gather at Miyajima-numa wetland in Bibai before continuing their journey of several thousand kilometers. Gradually, they proceed northward in pursuit of watering holes.
 
  A month or so ago, the snow that had accumulated in the fields of the snowy Sorachi region melted in the spring sunshine. The geese feed on the fallen ears of rice and wheat buried in the snow, gaining strength before heading for their breeding grounds.
 
  The sunlight, which has become stronger, melts the snow and dries up the mud. Soon, the mountains will be decorated with magnolia and Sargent’s cherry blossom, and spring will arrive in earnest amid the Kamuy landscapes.

(Photo and words by Shigeru Tadanobu)

Location

Miyajima Swamp

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