24 Oct '11, 2pm

The Annotated Budak: The birds are back by @budak

The Annotated Budak: The birds are back by @budak

A flock of plovers had gathered on the edge of an artificial lagoon that will soon be partitioned and filled in until the seabed chokes on ash and dies beneath a blanket of soil. From afar, there appeared to be nothing on the sliver of sand that separates a slope of rocks from the high water. But we press on and flush a sequence of birds with every few yards down the bund. Each flight of Mongolian, grey and pacific golden plovers, some bearing traces of their summer dress, skims the water with Arctic whistles and circles the bank before landing some distance away. No larger than pigeons and doves but wielding stouter bills and delicate, cursorial limbs , the plovers had arrived from steppe and tundra, seeking the warmth of equatorial flats. Some will continue their journey until they reach shores of southern summer . But a few are happy to linger and feed off the neglected...

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