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Breathtaking landscape in Chi Lang Nam stork island
Updated at Friday, 22 Sep 2017, 22:23
The stork island is located in Chi Lang Nam commune and stays about 70km far from Hanoi city.
Its pen name is An Dương by nature. It is called the stork village because the village has a small island located in the middle of broad lake with ten thousands of storks and herons residing and nesting.
Stork island, covering 31.673ha, is located in the middle of An Duong Lake in Chi Lang Nam Commune, Thanh Mien District, Hai Duong Province. It is one of the most attractive eco-tourism areas in the north. Visiting stork island in the early morning or late afternoon, tourists will be impressed by the image of thousands of white flocks of night herons shadowing the sky, composing a spectacular scene.
According to local people in Chi Lang Nam, there are many interesting legends about the stork island. In the past, this area was sunken and the island was formed in the 15th century after the dyke of the Red River collapsed because of a big flood. Gradually, it became the home of different varieties of storks, herons and birds.   
At present, there are about 16,000 storks of six species, such as white storks, fiery storks, cattle egrets, and grey storks. There are also 6,000 herons on the island. Many rare and valuable birds can be found here such as pelicans or teals. Every year, in September of the lunar calendar when the north-east wind blows, thousands of storks, herons and birds from other places fly to the island. They often stay there until April of the following year.
The stork island's view from above
The stork island's view from above
It looks like a painting
It looks like a painting
When the sunset is let down, the storks return home. They fly into herds, each herd including 50 to 70 storks, even hundreds of storks creating true white curtains on the trees in the island.
When the sunset is let down, the storks return home. They fly into herds, each herd including 50 to 70 storks, even hundreds of storks creating true white curtains on the trees in the island.
After flying for many times covering the whole lake space, they land safely on the green clump of trees in the middle of vast sea in the glow of sunset.
After flying for many times covering the whole lake space, they land safely on the green clump of trees in the middle of vast sea in the glow of sunset.
It is followed by spans of the herons pending search for food at night.
It is followed by spans of the herons pending search for food at night.
The tourists will witness an interesting "chorus" of families of storks and herons.
The tourists will witness an interesting "chorus" of families of storks and herons.
The island becomes a destination of tourists and an environmental education centre is there to help raise awareness of environmental protection.
The island becomes a destination of tourists and an environmental education centre is there to help raise awareness of environmental protection.
The tourists are more excited to see young storks with immature legs on soft bamboo branches.
The tourists are more excited to see young storks with immature legs on soft bamboo branches.
Zoom in a stork
Zoom in a stork
Cam Anh - Hung Nguyen
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