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Grass nesting and roosting on the Nymphaea: former pits in Hebei's Rivera become a paradise for birds

Grass nesting and roosting on the Nymphaea: former pits in Hebei's Rivera become a paradise for birds

Pictured here is a kingfisher perched on an Nymphaea at the Yingzhou Water System Park in Hema, Hebei. Photo by Zhou Guojing

Pictured here is a kingfisher perched on an Nymphaea at the Yingzhou Water System Park in Hema, Hebei. Photo by Zhou Guojing

Grass nesting and roosting on the Nymphaea: former pits in Hebei's Rivera become a paradise for birds

A reed warbler chirps on a lotus flower at Yingzhou Water System Park in Hema, Hebei. Photo by Zhou Guojing

Grass nesting and roosting on the Nymphaea: former pits in Hebei's Rivera become a paradise for birds

The picture shows a gray-winged floating gull nesting in the Yingzhou Water System Park in Hebei. Photo by Zhou Guojing

Grass nesting and roosting on the Nymphaea: former pits in Hebei's Rivera become a paradise for birds

The picture shows several white-boned top chickens playing in the water at Yingzhou Water Park in Hebei. Photo by Zhou Guojing

Grass nesting and roosting on the Nymphaea: former pits in Hebei's Rivera become a paradise for birds

The picture shows two birds feeding in the water at Yingzhou Water Park in Hebei. Photo by Zhou Guojing

Grass nesting and roosting on the Nymphaea: former pits in Hebei's Rivera become a paradise for birds

The picture shows a white-headed worm perched on top of a lotus in the Yingzhou Water System Park in Hebei. Photo by Zhou Guojing

In mid-summer, in the Yingzhou Water System Park in Heshan, Cangzhou City, Hebei Province, the waves are rippling, lotus flowers are fragrant, a kingfisher is perched on the Nymphaea, and in the distance, gray-winged floating gulls are nesting in the grass.

Yingzhou Water Park was formerly several abandoned ponds on the outskirts of Hefei City. In 2012, Hefei City carried out comprehensive improvement of the ponds and built a park with ecological and landscape functions in 3 years, with a total area of 108.38 hectares, including 43.07 hectares of water area, which has now become an ecological home for many wild birds. According to the statistics of the Hefei Municipal Government, there are currently 8 species of wild birds under national key protection and more than 10 species of wild birds under general protection in Yingzhou Water Park. (Text/Nanan Photo/Zhou Guojing)