Go Girls!

Puzzling Grey Plovers:

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‘…We know that Grey Plovers migrate an amazing 12,000km to breed in northern Siberia and Alaska during the northern summer and return to spend our summer in Australia… However nearly all the population in Australia is female which makes their migration even more mysterious. Why do females migrate to Australia, but males apparently don’t?

…We aim to use satellite tracking to find out some of the answers to these questions.’

grey plover track

These images and more information at:

http://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/grey-plover

http://birdlife.org.au/locations/australasian-wader-studies-group

http://www.awsg.org.au

Practising the art of the possible:

Help the tracking project take flight with crowd-funding for Grey Plovers until 9 June 2015. See http://www.pozible.com/project/194554

 

Another plover:

A willing hostage to elusiveness, I crane

and peer: Look – a spotted redshank – rare!

whispers my guide; And there, a golden plover.

We trawl the wetlands with a light tread; in thrall to

unglimpsed wings, watched by quicksilver eyes.

from Bird-Watching by Diane Fahey

Read the poem at http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/fahey-diane/bird-watching-0645029

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