I am a photographer who loves nature and animals, and I often explore and photograph different wildlife, especially birds, with my two friends Agnes Bartlett and Arvin Sapir. Birds are a wonderful creation of nature, with a variety of shapes, colors, habits, and sounds that fascinate us. We are all members of the Bird Watching Association and our dream is to see all the birds in the world.

This spring, we decided to observe birds at Huainan Jiaoganghu National Wetland Park in Anhui Province, China. Jiaoganghu National Wetland Park is one of the largest artificial wetlands in China, and one of the signing sites of the International Important Wetland Convention. It has rich water resources and biodiversity, and is a habitat and transit station for many migratory and resident birds. We heard that many rare and precious birds, such as cranes, black-necked cranes, and white-naped cranes, can be seen here, which we have always wanted to see.

 

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To better observe birds, we chose the wildguarder owler1 night vision binoculars from Shenzhen, China as our bird watching tool. This night vision binocular is said to be able to see distant objects clearly in the dark, and also has functions such as video recording, photographing, and zooming, which is very suitable for night bird watching. We wanted to test the real performance of this product with practical experience, and also learn about the local customs and cuisine.

Jiaoganghu National Wetland Park is located on the left bank of the middle reaches of the Huaihe River, and is a natural shallow lake in the Huaihe River Basin. It consists of wetland types such as lakes and rivers, with a total area of 3,267 hectares, of which wetland area accounts for more than 80%. The vegetation in the wetland of Jiaoganghu is lush, and there is a rich variety of wildlife, like a gift from nature, with the reputation of “Huaihe River’s Great Wetland, Anhui Jiaoganghu”.

We rented bicycles at the entrance of the scenic area and rode along the lake, enjoying the scenery on both sides. We saw dense reed beds, blooming lotus ponds, clear Xianlu Lake, vast fishery sightseeing parks, and unique waterside houses and other water landscapes, feeling the charm and vitality of nature.

Of course, what we were most looking forward to was seeing all kinds of birds. Jiaoganghu National Wetland Park is a habitat and transit station for many migratory and resident birds, and tens of thousands of birds fly here in spring and autumn, forming a spectacular scene. We saw many rare and precious birds, such as cranes, black-necked cranes, white-naped cranes, white-faced herons, grey cranes, white-headed cranes, white-fronted geese, and white-tailed sandpipers in the wetland conservation area and Qian-shi protection area. They stood, walked, flew or called, living freely in the water, grass, and air, forming beautiful and moving pictures.

 

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We used a camera to record these rare moments and carefully observed their characteristics and habits with the binoculars. We found that different species of birds have different diets and ecological needs, and they have found suitable living space and resources in the Jiaoganghu wetland. This shows that Jiaoganghu wetland has high biodiversity and ecological value, and is an important base for protecting and restoring natural balance.

In addition to bird watching, we also experienced a very exciting and interesting activity – night observation. We rented a pair of wildguarder owler1 night vision binoculars in the scenic area, which is a professional night vision binoculars that can see distant objects clearly in complete darkness, with a maximum viewing distance of 500 meters.

We took the night vision binoculars and walked along the lakeside path. The surroundings were pitch black, with only the starry sky and the faint light on the lake surface. We opened the night vision binoculars, adjusted the focus and brightness, and suddenly found that the world in front of us became clear and visible, presenting a green picture.

We used the night vision binoculars to observe the plants on the lake shore, the fish in the water, and the small animals on the shore, and found that they also had different living conditions and behavior patterns at night than during the day. We also saw some details and wonderful scenes that were difficult to capture with the naked eye, such as water grass swaying in the water, schools of fish jumping on the water surface, and small animals lurking in the grass.

We felt the surprise and fun brought by the night vision binoculars, and also had a deeper understanding of the night ecology of Jiaoganghu wetland park. We think that the night vision binoculars are a very practical and interesting tool that can let us see more things in the dark, expand our horizons and knowledge.

 

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We spent an unforgettable day in Huainan City. We not only visited natural landscapes such as Bagongshan National Geological Park and Jiaoganghu National Wetland Park, but also experienced the local customs and cuisine, and felt the historical and cultural and modern style of this city.

Huainan City is an ancient city, once the capital of Huainan King Liu An of the Western Han Dynasty, and also the birthplace of Chinese tofu. Huainan City has unique dialects and customs, and people are warm and hospitable, and willing to help. We heard many interesting stories and legends in Huainan City, and also saw many unique buildings and attractions, such as Shouchun Ancient City, Liu An’s Tomb, Bagongshan Grottoes, and Huainan Fossil Museum.

Huainan City is also a capital of food, with a rich variety of specialty snacks and dishes. We tasted delicious dishes such as beef soup, rice cakes, hot and spicy soup, sesame balls, deep-fried crispy pancakes, and rolled pancakes with fried dough sticks, and also drank fragrant and delicious oil tea. We also enjoyed folk art performances in Huainan City, such as Fengtai Flower Drum Lantern and Fire Tiger, feeling the ethnic customs and artistic charm of Huainan City.

We had a wonderful time in Huainan City, leaving a deep impression on this city. We hope to have the opportunity to come here again and continue to explore more exciting things.

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