Visitors to an island in the northern province of Hai Duong in early winter will be impressed with thousands of storks and herons on top of bamboo and other trees.
They look like white flowers from a far distance. The Stork Island is located in the middle of An Duong Lake in Chi Lang Nam Commune, Thanh Mien District, one of the most attractive eco-tourism resorts in the north. The island was formed in early 15th century after the dyke of the Red River collapsed because of big flood. Gradually, it became refuge for storks and herons from all over the country. At present, there are about 15,000 storks from seven species and 5,000 herons of three species on the island. Thousands of storks and herons fly to the island in September when it the north-east wind blows. They often stay there until April of the following year. Storks and herons flocks out of and into the lake in early morning and late afternoon, creating a fascinating scene.
The island was open to visitors ten years ago. Many investment projects to develop the island as an attractive resort are underway.