The sun was out from the early morning for a change and the temperature was rising minute by minute. Hooray!
I felt so lucky that I met some people who have been working for birds and the environment and more luckily I was taken to a beach where the Little Terns (Koasjisashiコアジサシ) breed:)
Little Terns are dramatically in decline and one of the reasons is that
their prefered breeding grounds, which are pebbly and near water full
of little fish, have been destroyed in the name of development. And
also, their eggs and chicks are extremely vulnerable, being targeted by
all sorts of threats especially by crows, raccoon dogs and cats.
Sadly, the idea of conserving the environment/wildlife is not wide-spread in
this country, although lots of people 'believe' they live in harmony
with nature so humans are not on their side either... Ignorant people could easily kill their priceless eggs or
chicks by accidentally stepping on them. On the bright side, there are
people who really care and those people have been doing what they can do
to protect them. I'm going to give them a hand, tiny though it will be, and
hope for the best.
Another sad fact regarding birding in Japan which I have been told recently is that we cannot mention openly where we have seen such wonderful creatures especially uncommon birds because there are some inconsiderate people out there who behave unbelievably selfishly, which could be the greatest threat for the wildlife. I'd like to believe that that kind of person is in the minority but, anyway, I feel really sad about not being able to share the joy with other bird-loving people...
Anyway, I had a fantastic day-out in the sun in the middle of the rainy season:)