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Bird-watching opens path to many possibilities

Growing interest in hobby leads to changes to lives, as well as to minds and habits.

China Daily | Updated: 2024-01-27 10:04

Students with vision loss are on avian observation expedition [Photo provided to China Daily]

Hearing the call

More retired bird enthusiasts have been making headlines, as in November last year when a number of them learned about the arrival of a White-capped Redstart at Beijing's Longtan Lake Park and gathered to take photographs.

After retiring, Zhang Fucai found that he had ample free time to indulge in his passion for photography. His subjects ranged from landscapes and flowers to birds, anything that caught his eye. The veteran, now 78, defies stereotypes of age. "I've ascended Huangshan Mountains solo, reaching the Guangming Peak for the perfect shot. Even the younger generation struggles to make the climb, often resorting to being carried in sedan chairs," he proudly recounts. "My family encourages me to venture outdoors, to stimulate my mind, breathe in the fresh air and interact with people, whether this involves sharing photographic techniques or casual conversation."

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