“Mother and children” anser indicus

2018-07-11 09:35:00 | From:China Tibet Online

Recently, on the banks of Bande Lake at Tuotuo River, the source of the Yangtze River, Tibetan photography enthusiast Thupden Danba photographed a mother anser indicus and her young. In the warm scene, the mother plays with the young anser indicus on the banks of Bande Lake.

A group of young anser indicus drink water by the lake.

As an endangered species, there are less than 70,000 anser indicus in the world. They have been hailed by America’s National Geographic magazine as the “world’s highest flying birds” because they are able to fly over the Himalayas at altitudes nearly 9,000 meters high in just eight hours. Qinghai Province has the largest number of anser indicus in China, and the region is an important breeding area for them.


The mother anser indicus takes her young to search for food in the wetlands of the lake. 

The mother prepares to enter the water with her young.


  The mother wanders about the middle of the lake with her young.   

Bande Lake, which is located at the Tuotuo River at the source of the Yangtze River, has the largest number of anser indicus. Every year from the end of April to the middle of June, thousands of anser indicus fly from India and Nepal to Bande Lake to breed. By the beginning of October, the mothers will take their young and migrate back to South Asia for the winter.

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