Hainan Dongfang: An ecologically beautiful egret habitat


Hainan, the southernmost province of China, has always been an important resting and wintering location for migratory birds. As ecological awareness and protection is on the rise, Hainan is also becoming a more attractive destination for migratory birds looking for a place to spend the winter and build a cosy nest for their hatchlings.

On October 30, a large number of egrets were spotted on the Luodai River in Dongfang, in the southeastern part of Hainan Island.

The Little Egret, valued as an "indicator species" reflecting minute changes in the ecological environment, is a national Level II protected species. These water birds are very picky about where they live - only the freshest air, cleanest water, and the correct climate conditions will do.

The Luodai River's broad waters and surrounding dense forests provide Little Egrets with plenty to eat and an excellent wetland nesting habitat. Catching their dinner in the water is a basic survival skill of the Little Egret, which usually stands in shallow water and carefully observes the surroundings.

The 46.8-kilometer-long Luodai River is an important area for Dongfang City. In the past, due to a variety of reasons, the river's environment was damaged. Now, it's been lovingly restored and once again passes the test - it's accepted by the egrets as a suitable habitat. The egrets aren't the only ones who enjoy it - human visitors also enjoy spending time relaxing in this beautiful natural environment.

Photos provided by Dongfang Media Center.

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