Peaceful islands surrounding Tam Chuc Pagoda in Ha Nam Province are home to many bird species and a preferred destination among nature-loving photographers.
Located around 65 kilometers from Hanoi in Kim Bang District, the 5,100-hectare Tam Chuc Pagoda complex boasts greenery and peaceful scenery, making it an oasis for various bird species.
By the end of 2020, passionate bird photographers Vo Rin, Nguyen Hong Huy, Ha Vu Linh and Nguyen Thuy Linh visited the pagoda. They are authors of this series of photos.
Linh, 27, said he was impressed with Tam Chuc’s large grey heron population, comprising up to thousands.
Gray herons and large storks on their artificial island habitat.
Compared to other bird sanctuaries in Vietnam, Tam Chuc Pagoda’s diverse habitat typically draws grey herons, fire herons, storks along with jays, pepper bananas and hawks.
The Eurasian coot, also known as the Common coot, or Australian coot, is a member of the rail and crake bird family. The species lives in swamps and freshwater lakes and is now rare in Vietnam.
The team had to travel two hours by boat in the early morning to capture the grebe, or Tachybaptus ruficollis.
Long tailed shrike, a shy bird, are about 25 centimeters long and have a long black tail, gray head, and brown back. They live in areas of over 2,000 meters above sea level.
Brown-headed leopard, about 12 centimeters long, usually live among grass or bushes.
Napothera crispifrons, an endemic species of Vietnam recorded in Tam Chuc. This species has an average size of about 20 centimeters and has a predominantly gray-brown color with many white, scaly feathers on the upper body, many large, dark stripes on the neck and light brown lower body.