Flying for your life: The journey begins

Every year, millions of birds make a monumental journey between their breeding grounds in arctic tundra and their wintering grounds in Australasia.

Some birds migrate 11,000km straight over the seas without stopping, through the nights, days, storms and lulls – they are truly a wonder of the natural world.

But shorebird populations are plummeting, with seven of Australia's 37 Migratory waders on the Commonwealth's list of threatened species.

The Eastern Curlew has experienced an 80 per cent fall in population since the 1950s, in Tasmania, the decline is closer to 90 per cent. The Bar-tailed Godwit, the Curlew Sandpiper, Red Knot, Great Knot... the list goes on.

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