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    A wild bird feast and a flower contest.

    The arrival of Spring is late in eastern Hokkaido.
    Around the time when cherry blossoms starts to be the topic of conversation in Honshu (the largest and most populous island of Japan), here in Hokkaido the world is still monotone with snow and desolate fields.
    Of all the wild fowl, the Red-crowned cranes of Kushiro marsh are the first to begin mating in spring.
    The Red-crowned crane, called the god of the marshland (Sarurunkamui in Japanese) spends from February until March greeting the season of mating.
    In order to attract a mate, they sing loudly, and perform a graceful and spectacular courtship dance called a display.
    If mating is successful, the chicks will hatch in June.