Stunning Images of Wild Birds in Quang Yen

Vu Bich Cuong, a well-known Vietnamese female photographer, recently held an exhibition of captivating shots of wild birds and storks in Quang Yen, a town in Quang Ninh province.

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For many years, Vu Bich Cuong has never stopped following her own path of photography, even though photographing birds is not an easy subject because it requires the artist to understand the animal’s behaviors. They have to conquer the most extreme weather conditions and wait for the perfect time to capture the moments.

Being a lover of nature and the wild birds of Quang Yen, her hometown, Bich Cuong transformed her love into the pages and poems that she taught her students when she worked as a teacher.

But it was only in 2016, after Bich Cuong retired, that she got a chance to buy her own camera and pursue photography.

The number of female photographers in her hometown is very few, and Vu Bich Cuong became famous shortly after starting her career at the age of 60, which inspired many people to chase their dreams.

For Vu Bich Cuong, success comes from passion and the perseverance to overcome herself, so each work represents a mature step in her profession. She said that in order to be agile and flexible while working, she has exercised her strength through weight training and daily yoga practice. Additionally, she has to take pictures in the early morning or at sunset to capture the activities of the storks on the ponds.

She is fortunate to have a supportive partner who helps her pursue her passion for photography. Her husband, Nguyen Duc Quang, is technically savvy and quickly taught himself camera techniques and computer-based photo editing techniques to teach his wife. According to him, his wife is a determined student who persists in learning until she achieves success. Admiring Bich Cuong for her patience, love for photography, and birds, Quang has always been her companion on her career paths.

Vu Bich Cuong’s hundreds of artistic photos on the subject of nature are a precious heritage. Her persistence and non-stop creativity have brought her remarkable results. Some of her notable works include “The Stork Season” exhibited at the Red River artwork exhibition in 2020, “Homeland Song,” and “Country Painting” at the Quang Ninh art photo exhibition. Her photo series “Stork Wings on Ha Nam Island” received the Consolation Prize of the Quang Ninh Press Prize in 2019, and her photos were published in Hoa Sen special magazine.

The following series of water bird photos are the latest photos taken by artist Vu Bich Cuong in the lagoons and canals of Song Khoai commune, Quang Yen town. These photos also showcase the preservation of Quang Yen’s environment, which serves as the home for many species of birds and requires continuous attention.

Brown-winged stilt bird. Photo: Vu Bich Cuong
Brown-winged stilt bird. Photo: Vu Bich Cuong
Chinese pond heron. Photo: Vu Bich Cuong
Chinese pond heron. Photo: Vu Bich Cuong
A pair of herons. Photo: Vu Bich Cuong
A pair of herons. Photo: Vu Bich Cuong
Ha Long Striated heron. Photo: Vu Bich Cuong
Ha Long Striated heron. Photo: Vu Bich Cuong
Photo: Vu Bich Cuong
Photo: Vu Bich Cuong
Grey-headed swamphen. Photo: Vu Bich Cuong
Grey-headed swamphen. Photo: Vu Bich Cuong
Indian spot-billed duck. Photo: Vu Bich Cuong
Indian spot-billed duck. Photo: Vu Bich Cuong
Charlotte Pho