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Japan Photo Journal: On the spot

(Photo courtesy of the Friends of the Gyotoku Wild Bird Observatory)

A spotted redshank, which is registered in the vulnerable category of the Japanese Red Lists organized by the Ministry of the Environment, is seen at a wildlife sanctuary in the Chiba Prefecture city of Ichikawa, east of Tokyo, on Sept. 17, 2019. A staff member of the nonprofit "Friends of the Gyotoku Wild Bird Observatory," which is entrusted with management of the sanctuary by the prefectural government, caught a glimpse of the spotted redshank, the first sighting of the species there in 17 years. The migratory bird's numbers have sharply dropped in Japan following the nation's rapid economic growth from around 1955 to 1973.

    (Japanese original by Tamiko Kobayashi, Funabashi Bureau)

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