Urumqi, 4 Apr (Zhongxin Net) -- Recently, thousands of black kites gathered here in a piece of uncultivated farmland of the 1th Regiment of Tumshuk City, Third Division of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.

When reporters tried to get close to the shoot, these vigilant birds immediately took off and made a rallying call with their special "chirp" sound. In an instant, dense black kites gathered and hovered high in the sky like rolling dark clouds.

These large birds sometimes wander in search of food, sometimes hover along a fixed height, sometimes fly with their heads held high in the wind, and sometimes gather on branches.

It is understood that the black kite is a slightly larger bird of prey, with a body length of about 65 cm and dark brown body plumage, which is a national second-class protected wild animal. They generally inhabit open plains, meadows, wastelands and low hilly areas, feeding on small mammals such as birds, amphibians, rodents, etc., and occasionally eating animal carcasses, so they are also known as scavengers in nature.

The black kite is a slightly larger bird of prey and is a national second-class protected wild animal. Photo by Gao Lei

According to Gao Shoudong, a senior bird photographer of the Tumshuk City Photographers Association of the Third Division, according to his years of tracking and shooting, this kind of bird is the first large-scale appearance in the Third Division Tumshuk City and even the southern Xinjiang region.

In recent years, Tumshuk City of the Third Division has increased its ecological protection efforts, continuously strengthened the protection and restoration of the middle and lower reaches of the Yarkand River (XPCC) Wetland Nature Reserve, and the ecological environment of the Yong'an Lake wetland in its jurisdiction has been increasingly improved, with lush trees and biodiversity, creating a good ecological environment for birds such as black kites. (End)