Fleet of foot

Rhythm and Blues

Blue-capped cordon-bleu caught in courtship tap-dance:

More information at http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-20/super-speedy-tap-dancing-songbirds’-courtship-display-filmed/6958040

Birds do it, bees do it, we do it

Said to be the report on Fred Astaire’s screen test at RKO Radio Pictures: “Can’t sing. Can’t act. Balding. Can dance a little.”

fred astaire

Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell in Broadway Melody, 1940

Fred Astaire

‘The secret of his popularity/Was he looked like a bus driver…’

Hear Ed Ochester read his poem Fred Astaire at https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/fred-astaire-audio-only

Tapping the light fantastic

Watch a selection of tap-dancing scenes at http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2015/feb/04/clip-joint-five-best-tap-dancing-scenes-movies-fred-astaire-chicago-the-artist


Patterns in flight

Flightpath pollination

Extrasensory perception: tiny sensors help farmers in Australia plan better food production (and help protect bees)


For more information see http://www.csiro.au/en/News/News-releases/2014/Bee-sensors-take-flight-to-help-farmers


Flying by the sun

Waggle dancing; a wonderful way to fix flightpaths for food

See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7ijI-g4jHg


Fame is a bee

Fame is a bee.

It has a song—

It has a sting—

Ah, too, it has a wing.

Emily Dickinson

Flight of the Bumblebee

Listen to and watch  Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee here:

 One of many versions available online – this is from the 1996 movie Shine, about Australian pianist David Helfgott.











A word for a woman:

Bird: noun (person)

old-fashioned: a particular type of person ‘She’s a rare bird, is grandmother’

UK slang: a young woman ‘Is that Lee’s new bird?

old bird: informal, an older woman (disapproving: ‘this old bird was lecturing the shop assistant about her manners’; approving: ‘she’s a game old bird’ = one who is energetic, willing to do anything)

from Cambridge Dictionaries Online http://dictionary.cambridge.org

A word for a birdwoman:

Kinnaree: half-human half-swan figures of Thai legendkinnaree bird woman himmapan.com web

 Image: http://www.himmapan.com

Kinnaree Dancing:

Manorah, the most famous Kinnaree of legend, features in Thai classical dance

For another version of the Manorah legend see http://www.asianust.ac.th/student-affairs/thai-culture-customs/thai-legends-folkstales.html




Stopovers on the e-Highway

Bird Brain Dance

From Ducks and geese, 2004. Image Anja Hitzenberger.

From Ducks and Geese, Spring 2004

Image Anja Hitzenberger

‘Bird Brain Dance is a multi-year navigational dance project by Jennifer Monson that investigates the migratory patterns and habits of birds and other animals and their biophysical and metaphorical relationships to humans as fellow travellers…’

www.birdbraindance.org had some access issues in January 2014; link through www.greenmuseum.org/c/enterchange/artists/birdbrain/

The Flyway Exchange

‘The Flyway Print Exchange is an exchange between…twenty artists, from nine of the twenty-two Flyway countries, [who] will create prints inspired by the idea of the Flyway…’


 The Border Consortium (TBC)

Camp locations on the Thai-Burma border

Camp locations on the Thai-Burma border

Map courtesy TBC website

‘TBC’s Executive Director was among the first people to witness, and respond to, the urgent needs of thousands of refugees from Burma who fled into Thailand in 1984…’


Foreign retirees flock to Asia

‘…many retirees are initially looking for an escape from the dreary, cold winters in the northern hemisphere. Many come for the winter months then go back home, but after a few years they come back for good…’



The Ornitarium in Denmark, Western Australia

The Ornitarium in Denmark, Western Australia

‘…the Ornitarium is an architectural sculpture that is sited at the Wetlands Education Centre just outside of the Shire of Denmark, WA. This project has been inspired by “local knowledge” found in Southwestern Australia – specifically knowledge related to birds that populate the region’s wetlands areas…’

Inside the Ornitarium in Denmark, Western Australia

Inside the Ornitarium

Images m12studio/Richard Sexton


East Asian-Australasian Flyway

‘The East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) aims to protect migratory waterbirds, their habitat and the livelihoods of people dependent upon them.’


Flyways Music

‘Flyways celebrates the great bird migration between Africa and Eurasia along the Great Rift Valley, using music of the cultures over which the birds fly…’