Hegura Island, Noto Peninsula

Hegura Island is a lone island off the Noto Peninsula in the Sea of Japan. Each autumn, it welcomes a wide variety of migratory birds. They come to Hegura to rest their wings on their way from Siberia and other northern lands to wintering grounds such as Japan and southern Asia. Greater white-fronted geese search for food in the rocks near the coast. Common kestrels stop to hunt for their insect prey. Japanese bush warblers wash the dirt off their wings in puddles. The blessings of the island give the birds fuel to continue their journeys. This is a look at the activities of migratory birds as they come and go on this small island.