at the Lake Biwa Museum, Japan

Robin James Smith

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North basin of Lake Biwa, Shiga Prefecture. Click on the image for next one in the series.

The north basin of Lake Biwa. The bird in the foreground is a cormorant. Over the years the number of cormorants in the Lake Biwa area has been increasing, and in the spring of 2010 the population was estimated to be about 23, 000. Due to the damage to trees caused by cormorant breeding colonies, and the large amounts of commercially important fish that cormorants eat (estimated at 1,700 tons during 2010), the local government regularly culls them. (Photograph taken 10th September 2009.) (Click on the image to view the next in the series.)