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Stork Island – unique scenery in northern region

Updated: 13/10/2020 00:00
Stork Island, located in the middle of An Duong lake in Chi Lang Nam commune of Thanh Mien district, Hai Duong province, has become a unique tourism attraction in the northern region.

Visiting the island in early winter, visitors are impressed by a rare natural spectacle as tens of thousands of storks and night herons stand close on the top of bamboo trees and tree branches, which are seen from a far distance as branches full of white flowers.


Locals in Chi Lang Nam commune still tell each other about the legend of this land. Legend has it that in early 15th century, cataclysms made dykes along the Red River break for three consecutive times. The second dyke breach created an island in the middle of An Duong lake, which has then attracted a large number of storks, night herons and waterbirds. Year after year, more and more storks and night herons of different species fly to the island. Currently, the island, with a total area of over 3,000sq.m, is home to 15,000 storks and over 5,000 night herons.


When autumn winds begin to blow, visitors flock to the island to watch storks which whiten the entire island. Storks fly to the island to make nests from September to April. Coming to the island on these days, travellers have a chance to see young storks. Dawn and dusk are the busiest times on the island, as storks leave their nests to seek food and return to sleep after a working day.


Flying storks whiten the lake and the island, creating an impressive and wild scenery. Their screams are like a melodious symphony suitable to begin a new day or finish a tired working day.


It takes only one day to visit the entire island. A small boat, which cannot annoy storks’ living environment, takes visitors around the lake to see how storks are living. If they want to know more about the bird, they are advised to stay on the island for one night, as most of storks return to their nests at around 9-10pm. At that time, visitors will have more time to study the life of storks on the island. There are currently seven species of storks and three species of night herons, along with other waterbirds such as kingfisher, moorhen and owl./.