Uplifting dawn

Kazuaki Koseki's Image

Izunuma is the largest wintering site in Japan. Kazuaki drove there around midnight and waited until just before sunrise to capture this mass departure. It was Izunuma’s biggest mass departure of the year of greater white-fronted geese.

Each year more than 100,000 birds arrive at Izunuma. Greater white-fronted geese are the most abundant bird species recorded here. They are increasing in numbers – perhaps because of the earlier thawing of their Siberian breeding grounds, which allows earlier and more successful breeding.

Behind the lens

Kazuaki Koseki

Kazuaki Koseki


Kazuaki's work is devoted to the landscape of Yamagata and Tohoku, Japan. Evoking the five senses through the four seasons, he photographs the world, weaving mountains, forests and rivers. He has been familiar with photography since he was a child - his family runs a photo studio that takes family photos and portraits. He combines his nature photography with working at the studio.

Image details

  • Nikon D4S
  • AF-S 70–200mm f2.8 lens at 150mm
  • 1/200 sec at f4  •   ISO 400
  • Izunuma, Tome, Miyagi, Japan
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