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Bibai Tourism and Products Association
Nov. 23, 2023
Ramsar Convention Registered Wetland Miyajima Swamp At 4 a.m. in mid-April, on a chilly early morning when the sun had not yet risen, people from inside and outside the city gathered with telephoto cameras slung over their shoulders. The fields are spread out around, and the Kabado Mountains in the background are shining white with residual snow, and Miyajima Swamp is located in such a place. Migratory birds fill the sky. In spring and autumn, Miyajima Swamp is covered with about 60,000 migratory birds in the morning. Miyajimanuma in Bibai City is the northernmost and largest transit point in Japan, and before leaving for Siberia, they pick up the fallen ears around the swamp to store energy. Since it is a globally valuable environment, it became the 13th Ramsar wetland in Japan on November 18, 2014. In the early morning, the Magan fly out all at once to the surrounding rice fields in search of the fallen fir, which is their food. This is called "roosting", and the appearance of Magan taking off as if peeling off the surface of the water is impressive. Magan covers our heads. It is also worth seeing the "roosting" in which the roosting magan returns to the swamp in the evening in a V-shaped formation from the rice field. The 2017 movie "Living Things" also uses the roosting of the magan. The best time to see Magan is in spring and autumn, with the peak of spring in late April and the peak of autumn in late September. In addition to magans, you can observe waterfowl such as swans, long-tailed ducks, and whooper swans. There is also an observation hut and a blindfolded wooden fence, so be sure to visit once.
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