Passage migrants at Mai Po Marshes, Hong Kong SAR
Image by Katherine Fletcher at http://www.chesleyhouse.com/Travel/hk_mai_po.htm
Flightpathproject has just returned from Mai Po, where migratory birds are in transit along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway in their thousands. There is poetry in their names: gadwalls and godwits, snipes, stints and sandpipers, tattlers and turnstones.
It’s a challenge, holding the thin green line of marsh, mangrove and mudflats on the border with mainland China. Does the wetland protect the birds, or do the birds protect the wetland?
Their next stop: Australia and southern hemisphere summer.
Image by Larco at commons.wikimedia.org
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