As days are becoming colder in northern areas, a large number of migratory birds has arrived in Hengshui Lake, adding to the beautiful winter scenery.
Every year, Hengshui Lake sees over one million migratory birds from 323 species, including storks, cranes, egrets and wild geese; make stops for food and rest during their migration to the warmer areas of southern China to escape the cold.
“These migratory birds come from Northeast China and Russia,” said the director of Hengshui’s wetland and birds’ protection association.
“They will fly to much more southern areas if the temperature in Hengshui continues to drop.” he added.
Compared with previous years, the arrival time of the migratory birds is half a month ahead of schedule.
Hengshui Lake, located in Hengshui city of North China’s Hebei province, is the only national inland natural protection zone with a wetland ecological system in China. Covering an area of over 187 square kilometers, the lake is home to 383 types of plants and over 310 types of birds.
To protect both birds living in the lake and migratory birds, the local administrator has strengthened patrols of the area to prevent illegal bird-catching, and it also prepares food for birds in their habitats to help birds escape from food shortages in winter.
A large swarm of migratory birds fly above Hengshui Lake in North China’s Hebei province, Nov 11, 2016. [Photo/ hebradio.com]
Two birds at the wetland of Hengshui Lake in North China’s Hebei province, Nov 11, 2016. [Photo/ hebradio.com]
Egrets feeding in Hengshui Lake in North China’s Hebei province, Nov 11, 2016. [Photo/ hebradio.com]