Manko Waterbird & Wetland Center (漫湖水鳥湿地センター)

I love nature and found this wetland on the Naha map so I decided to check it out. Unfortunately there isn’t much info on their English website.

The lady boss of the center can be seen walking in the background towards the visitor centre. She’s a nice lady and welcomed us to the place but she told me that she can’t really speak English. Anyway, I told her that I only understand a little Japanese (^o^) …

Souvenir stamp obtained from the visitor centre:

A model of the Black-faced Spoonbill (クロツラヘラサギ) at the visitors’ centre – we came here to try to spot the real thing….

Headed to the Toyomi Ohashi bridge (とよみ大橋) to look for the Black-faced Spoonbill….

We spotted a black-faced spoonbill which was busy looking for food and was walking around a lot. Too bad my camera’s zoom isn’t good enough to take better wildlife pics (only 18x optical zoom). There were supposed to be 2 or 3 of them but the rest were out of sight.

Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor)
Conservation Status: Endangered

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Conservation Status: Least Concern


On the ground:
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)
Conservation Status: Least Concern

On the stick:
Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis) also known as Chinese Bulbul
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Grey-tailed Tattler (Tringa brevipes)
Conservation Status: Least Concern

View of Manko Waterbird and Wetland Center (漫湖水鳥・湿地センター)

One of the bird hides overlooking the wetlands.

Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Getting there:
奥武山公園駅から 約1.2km 徒歩 約15分
Take the Okinawa Urban Monorail (Yui Rail) to Ōnoyama-kōen station.
The Manko Waterbird & Wetland Center (漫湖水鳥湿地センター) is about a 1.2km walk (approx. 15min walk) from the station.

Opening Hours of the Visitor Centre: 9am to 5pm
Closed on Monday (except national holidays), New Year (from 29-Dec to 03-Jan), and the anniversary of the end of the battle in Okinawa (23-Jun)

Categories: Japan, Naha (那覇), Nature, Okinawa (沖縄), Travel | Tags: , , , | Leave a comment

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