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Flight Lines: Across the globe on a journey with the astonishing ultramarathon birds by Andrew Darby

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March 2020, no. 419
Andrew Fuhrmann reviews 'Flight Lines: Across the globe on a journey with the astonishing ultramarathon birds' by Andrew Darby

Flight Lines: Across the globe on a journey with the astonishing ultramarathon birds

by Andrew Darby

Allen & Unwin, $32.99 pb, 335 pp

Flight Lines: Across the globe on a journey with the astonishing ultramarathon birds by Andrew Darby

Reviewed by
March 2020, no. 419

It’s late July and high over the foggy green waters of the Sea of Okhotsk, a solitary Grey Plover beats its way south. Within sight of Sakhalin Island, the former Russian prison colony documented by Anton Chekhov, she veers west, heading for a vast tidal flat in Ul’banskiy Bay, not far from the rural settlement of Tugur Village. It’s hard to imagine a more isolated situation, and yet even here, in this empty theatre of sky and water, there is an audience. Nestled under the plumage on her back is a small satellite transmitter. An aerial extending beyond her tail feathers broadcasts her progress to the world.

Andrew Fuhrmann reviews 'Flight Lines: Across the globe on a journey with the astonishing ultramarathon birds' by Andrew Darby

Flight Lines: Across the globe on a journey with the astonishing ultramarathon birds

by Andrew Darby

Allen & Unwin, $32.99 pb, 335 pp

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