Go Girls!

Puzzling Grey Plovers:


‘…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:




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

Redshanks: return and recollection

Follow the leader:

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


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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/

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)

On display and on the way

On display: The Flyway Print Exchange 8-28 September 2014

See wings on the walls at Melbourne’s No Vacancy Gallery: http://no-vacancy.com.au/show/flyway-print-exchange/


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Information about the idea and the artists at http://www.theflywayprintexchange.info/ and https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Flyway-Print-Exchange/175252916007801

More about the printing process and the paper at http://www.imagescience.com.au/blog/2014-09-02/the-flyway-print-exchange-shorebirds-exhibitions/



On the way:

In Australia spring has sprung and migratory birds are heading back via Southeast Asia to escape the northern winter. Early birds arrived at Sungei Buloh in Singapore in late July; others have arrived since.

‘Hi All Wader Lovers,

Since the arrival of the Common Redshanks at SBWR on 28th July ( reported by David Li) followed by other shorebirds like the Common Greenshanks, Whimbrels and Lesser Sand Plovers, we had to wait until the last day of August to welcome the uncommon Black-tailed Godwits to the main pond. There were eight.
The Asian Dowitcher, Grey-tailed Tattler and the Terek Sandpiper were missing after making a one day appearance. But more Curlew Sandpipers turned up, some still in their partial breeding plumage.
Time to bring out your scopes and tele lenses and try to pick out the expected but less common Broadbilled Sandpipers, Great Knots, Ruddy Turnstones…’
A crowd of Common redshanks at Sungei Buloh

A crowd of Common Redshanks at Sungei Buloh

Notes by Alan Owyong to Wildbird Singapore: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/wildbirdSingapore/info