A Photo Every Day from the Sunshine Coast - Australia

Friday, 15 November 2013

Journey's End

The Short Tailed Shearwater, or Mutton Bird is one of, if not the most prolific bird in Australia.

Each year about this time they arrive along our coastline in their squillions from their northern hemisphere habitat in the Baring Strait, or fail to arrive as the case may be.  This year dozens of dead or dying birds have washed ashore somewhat ignominiously on every beach on the East Coast of Australia, beaten by the journey.

They who know about these things are quick to assure us that it is not a particularly unusual event, that each year many emaciated birds perish on their journey, but do not necessarily was ashore as has happened in the current circumstance.

Having flown a similar distance myself quite recently, I suspect I have an inkling of just how they feel, and remain ever so grateful that I didn't have to use my own wings.

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