世界湿地の日 world wetlands day

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59 thoughts on “世界湿地の日 world wetlands day

  1. Every now and then, a photographer puts themselves into a position to capture something special ~ the second shot you have is awesome 🙂 Wish I could have been there too to see such a sight, beautifully shot, Takami, wish you well.

    • You would have made absolutely stunning shots for sure! This photo was taken at a bird sanctuary that has quite a history. It is “smack dab” in the middle of a city and was spared the results of industrialization thanks to many decades of effort from both the locals and nature lovers. It is a rare success story of the “little guy” winning against a giant. The biggest reward came when it was registered as a Ramsar site in the early 1990’s.

      If you stop by Japan, I’ll be happy to give you a tour 😉 😀 Wishing you and your family a very happy Spring.

      • It is great to have a sanctuary in the middle of the city ~ both for the birds but perhaps even more for the people 🙂 I’m setting this place as a travel goal, and it would be awesome to have you give me a tour, so we’ll have to plan on it 🙂 Cheers to a great week ahead.

        • Yes, let’s definitely aim for it! As you may already be aware, Japan is quite a diverse country, rich with nature, and not simply the “monster city” that’s all-too-often portrayed in the media 😀 🙂

          • Very true, my memories of Japan are in Hokkaido, Kyoto and Osaka…I like the smaller places but one day, would like to experience Tokyo 🙂

  2. Takami, your photographs of the wader birds tell a story… We have a couple of estuaries quite close to the housing estates, and I often see the dogs chasing birds and the dog owners looking in the opposite direction… Noisy picnics don’t help either. Thank you for your photography and the poignant message it conveys.

    • Thank you dear Inese. Yes, I understand exactly when you describe such situations. It seems a global phenomenon…where humans become very self-centered 😦 Of course, there are also people who sincerely care about the situation and make a real effort to bring positive change.

      This particular bird sanctuary has a history where the local residents worked together with environmentalist to fight the governments and protect the remaining land. It gives us hope ❤

      But I agree…it takes much patience and resources. And I worry about the balance of our planet… As always, thank you for your sincere and thoughtful comment!

    • Hello Matti,
      Thank you for your nice comment! I am happy you liked the photo of the bird in the water. And, thank you for sharing the link! Yes, it’s a famous ice-sculpture festival in Hokkaidao. I am happy there is a sculpture of the famous Helsinki Cathedral, it’s incredible, don’t you agree? It’s to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Japan-Finland relations 🙂 🙂

  3. Poignant photos, Takami. Both show not only the beauty of the birds, but also how limited their habitat has become, as each photo shows our human encroachment. Wild places for wild creatures are getting exceedingly rare.

    • Thank you, Tanja. Yes, wetlands have disappeared at an alarming rate all over the world, and it is sad their significance were often dismissed by governments and corporations. We humans have done so much damage to our planet (and each other). This particular bird sanctuary survived through decades of hard work by both local residents and nature lovers who did not give up the fight. It is a registered Ramsar site, therefore protected by both national and international standards 🙂

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    • Thank you Dries. Yes, it’s so important to look after our wetlands, and learn to respect our planet (and each other) more. As always, all best wishes to you and your family 🙂

    • Hello Tish,
      Thanks much for your comment! I’m very happy you enjoyed this series, especially the waders. Today is World Wetlands Day and I wanted to celebrate the waders and also the importance of wetlands 🙂

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