Aug 13, 2016

Tokyo’s Bird Menace


By on Saturday, August 13, 2016

For decades, the city of Tokyo has been waging a losing battle against winged invasion. Crows, cormorants, owls and birds of other species have invaded the metropolis in tens of thousands. They nest in utility poles and cause blackouts, steal hangers to build nests, dive-bomb on citizens, poop and peck. It’s an eerie reminiscent of the Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller The Birds where a small town gets victimized by a flock of birds.

Ornithologists blame the decrease in forests and breeding areas due to progressive urban development, causing the birds to move into human populated areas. Besides, there are tons of fresh garbage to eat from and lot of sheltered places in the city to raise families.

When Japanese photographer Yoshinori Mizutani moved to Tokyo for university, he was surprised by the massive number of birds in the city. Since then, Mizutani has been trying to highlight the issue of invasive birds in cities, and through his photography, show how the urban landscape has been made surreal by their presence.















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