A senior official from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds was delighted to see a rare red-crested white crane in Hokkaido, the Kushiro Shimbun reported in February.
Barrie Cooper, international education manager for the world’s largest and most influential organisation for the preservation of wild birds, saw an example of the protected species at Ito Sanctuary in Tsurui and attended the Nemuro Bird Land Festival 2010.
Cooper said he enjoyed the bird’s “beautiful dance”. “Fantastic! This is the first time I’ve seen a red-crested white crane”.
He hopes for further development of conservation in Japan.