Birds in spring migration fill skies over China's wetland reserves

Wetland reserves across China are alive with migratory birds nesting and preparing for northward journeys to their summer breeding grounds.

More than 100,000 migratory birds have spent the winter in the Lashihai Wetland located in Lijiang City in southwest China's Yunnan Province. With temperatures rising, birds from different species are heading north.

The Qilihai Wetlands lie along an important migration route that crosses north China's Tianjin Municipality, and thousands of waterbirds, such as geese, storks and herons are gathering along the shores. Tianjin boasts of four wetland nature reserves and five wetland nature parks, covering nearly 2,900 square kilometers.

Red-billed gulls are the stars of the avian show in the Xiaohe National Wetland Park in north China's Shanxi Province. The species is busy mating and nesting during spring, therefore it is frequently seen in pairs.

(Cover image via VCG.)

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