Feather map

Finding a way through feathers

The first feather map of Australia is underway

feather map

More at http://www.smh.com.au/national/mapping-australian-wetlands-feather-by-feather-20160331-gnv4wu.html

Further information and image at http://feathermap.ansto.gov.au/index.htm and https://www.ecosystem.unsw.edu.au/media-releases/stable-isotope-analysis-a-new-frontier-in-tracking-waterbirds-and-wetland-condition/feather-map-of-australia

 

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Finding other ways to see the world

Birder Mark Cocker and fisher Charles Rangeley-Wilson teach each other the tricks of their trades:

“You need to learn how to see them, not so much as a bird, but as a feather map. My gran might spot a bird and say to me it was sleek and not very big and with a bit of blue in it, and expect me to know what it was. But birding is about reading and interpreting that feather map in a really precise way.”

Full article at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-labour-exchange-the-fisherman-and-the-birdwatcher-5329023.html

 

Fishing for birds

fishing for birds

Image at http://www.fishing.net.nz

May’s Bird

 

‘Finger-beak in feather-pocket’

 

Image at nzbirdsonline.org.nz

Feel Like A Bird

Feel like A Bird
understand
he has no hand

instead A Wing
close-lapped
mysterious thing

in sleeveless coat
he halves The Air
skipping there
like water-licked boat

lands on star-toes
finger-beak in
feather-pocket
finds no coin

in neat head like
seeds in A Quartered
Apple eyes join
sniping at opposites
stereoscope The Scene
Before

close to floor giddy
no arms to fling
A Third Sail
spreads for calm
his tail

hand better
than A Wing?
to gather A Heap
to count
to clasp A Mate?

or leap
lone-free and mount
on muffled shoulders
to span A Fate?

by May Swenson

More about May at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/may-swenson

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