Redshanks: return and recollection

Follow the leader:

Sketches from Sungei Buloh on World Shorebird Day, 6 September 2014

 

redshanks arrive pui san tham

Artwork by Tham Pui San – artist, educator, conservationist and contributor to the Flyway Print Exchange.

More images of Tham Pui San’s World Shorebird Day sketches at https://artinwetlands.wordpress.com/2014/09/

See also http://www.theflywayprintexchange.info/

Recollecting:
Then we waded at low tide to Hilbre Island;
and we marvelled at scores of thousands of waders:
Sanderling, Knot, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Curlew and Dunlin;
and the giant gull of the north, the hyperborean Glaucous,
glided snow-mantled above the remains of the old lifeboat station;
and there suddenly stooped from a cloud the colour of Blanenau Ffestiniog slate
a Peregrine into a blizzard of wheeling Calidris Alba
and the falcon hit and we heard the thud and a handful of silven feathers
whorled in the wind and the great dark raptor rose with the dead meat locked in its talons;
and I said to my friend: ‘We will mind this as long as we live.’ (He is dead now.)
From Laertidean, by Peter Reading (1946-2011)

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