HEFEI, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Chizhou, a city by the Yangtze River in east China's Anhui province, is the wintering habitat for over 300 species of migratory birds, due to its warm climate and well-preserved wetland ecosystem.
Carrying a camera and binoculars during his patrol, Wang Shi, a local bird conservation volunteer, has devoted himself to protecting birds to ensure them a safe migration.
Wang developed close bond between him and migratory birds since working as an electrical staff in the field. He started filming wild birds since 2014. Trekking over 100,000 kilometers, Wang has recorded over 400 species of wild birds in hundreds of thousands of photos.
Over the past eight years, Wang and other volunteers have dedicated to rescuing birds and raising awareness about animal conservation among people. Bearing years of experience in patrolling the area, they could easily tell the localities and living habits of birds.
China is creating a better environment for migratory birds. Nets and other fishing gear were a huge threat to the birds along the Yangtze River, but the threat is vanishing as the country has launched a complete 10-year fishing ban in the key waters of the Yangtze since the beginning of 2021.
Wang Shi shows a sign of bird nest observation spot in an electricity substation in Chizhou, east China's Anhui Province, May 18, 2022. (Xinhua/Du Yu)
Wang Shi looks at an oriental white stork he rescued in March, at a wildlife rescue center in Chizhou, east China's Anhui Province, April 18, 2022. (Xinhua/Du Yu)
Wang Shi feeds an oriental white stork he rescued in March, at a wildlife rescue center in Chizhou, east China's Anhui Province, April 18, 2022. (Xinhua/Du Yu)
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