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leaving Bass Strait
on the muttonbird gales
flocks fly north
dream of feasting in Japan
becoming hashiboso

The science inspiring the piece:

Short-tailed shearwaters, Ardenna tenuirostris, commonly known as Muttonbirds breed and nest in Tasmania and on the islands of Bass Strait in south eastern Australia. In Autumn they migrate northwards, flying as far as the Bering Strait, huge flocks feeding in the waters of Japan on their migration northwards in Autumn. In Japan the birds are called Hashiboso-mizunagidori.

This site has photographs of the flocks.

Listen to Julie read the poem here:

Feature image by Gary Houston (Public Domain)