Black-necked cranes, a national first-class protected animal, hunt for food on farmland.[Photo/People's Daily]
The bar-headed geese [Photo/People's Daily]
In early winter, the suburbs of Lhasa become a paradise for wintering migratory birds on the plateau.
On the morning of November 11, large groups of black-necked cranes, bar-headed geese, and ruddy shelducks were seen in the harvested highland barley fields in the Lhasa River Valley.
According to reports, the Lhasa River Valley is the main wintering ground for plateau migratory birds such as black-necked cranes and bar-headed geese. In mid- to late October each year, black-necked cranes and bar-headed geese who live in the northern part of Tibet in summer fly to the relatively warmer Lhasa River and Nyangchu River valleys to spend winter. In spring, they will fly back to northern Tibet to breed.
There are tens of thousands of black-necked cranes, bar-headed geese, and ruddy shelducks in the Lhasa River Valley alone. About 80 percent of the world's black-necked crane population chooses to winter in this area.