Extreme migrants

‘World Shorebirds Day is a celebration. Shorebirds, those extreme migrants – as well as the people who do the most for them – are celebrated each year on September 6…’

More information and images at http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/

Spoon-billed sandpiper is shorebird of the year:


Spoon-billed Sandpiper is the 'Shorebird of the Year'. This beautiful artwork was made by Szabolcs Kókay, an award winning wildlife artist. © Szabolcs Kókay


Sketch in support of shorebirds:


Spoon-billed Sandpiper skitches from China by Szabolcs Kókay. © Szabolcs Kókay



‘Wild and impermanent/as the sea-foam blown…’

from Dotterel in Birds: Poems by Judith Wright, published by the National Library of Australia, 2003

Caught in flight

 (Flightpathproject visits Tasmania, August 2014)

‘Stone walls do not a prison make/Nor iron bars a cage…’ (from To Althea, from Prison, by Richard Lovelace, 1642)


In Tasmania, in the 1830s, dogs were the most effective way of ensuring the convicts’  incarceration at Port Arthur, blocking the flightpath from the peninsula.

Eagle-eyed dogs guard the Neck

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Eaglehawk Neck is a narrow isthmus connecting the Tasman Peninsula to mainland Tasmania…Locally known as the Neck, the isthmus itself is around 400 metres long and under 30 metres wide at its narrowest point. It forms a natural gateway to the peninsula that was utilised by the British in 1830s, when a line of dogs was chained to posts across the neck to warn of any convicts attempting to escape the prison at Port Arthur…




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images courtesy Robyn Walton http://www.robynwalton.com.au

Chained dogs, chained men

Different place, same story: Sam Cooke sings Chain Gang