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THE story of a pair of white-bellied sea eagles at Sydney Olympic Park could make the script for a modern-day fairytale.

The story starts when the park’s resident male lost his partner at the end of February.

As a threatened species, there were fears he may not find another lifelong friend.

"Every year, millions of shorebirds fly between Australasia and the Arctic. But for many, this will be their last flight."

A tiny bird from the Farne Islands off Northumberland has clocked up the longest migration ever recorded. The Arctic tern’s meandering journey to Antarctica and back saw it clock up 59,650 miles, more than twice the circumference of the planet.

Proposed mines to produce aluminium are putting the habitat of vulnerable Cape York palm cockatoo at risk, sparking calls for stronger environmental laws.

Read more at The Guardian website.

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.

At the length of a school ruler and weighing only 200 grams, flying 8,000 kilometres from Japan to Australia would be no easy feat.

Yet every summer thousands of Latham's snipe (Gallinago hardwickii) migrate from Hokkaido in northern Japan to south-eastern Australia.

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