Moonbird B95

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Moonbird B95 is an artwork by Suzi Lucas inspired by a real life rufa Red Knot with the tag number B95.

B95 was first identified and tagged in Feb 1995 on a beach near the southernmost tip of South America. He was estimated to be about three years old. (1)

B95 has been sighted and photographed, even recaptured numerous times since then. The most recent sighting was in May 2014 when he was spotted by Patricia González, an Argentine biologist working in the Canadian Arctic.

Over the nineteen years that B95 has been tracked, scientists estimate this little super-bird flies about 34,000 km every year. That is almost to the moon and back.

Hence his nickname "Moonbird".

The real life Red Knot Known as "Moonbird". Photograph Jan Van de Kam
The real life Red Knot Known as "Moonbird". Photograph Jan Van de Kam

 

SWELL Sculpture Festival

Suzi Lucas's Moonbird B95 sculpture was first displayed at:

SWELL Sculpture Festival
8 - 17 Sept 2017
Currumbin Beach, Qld
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Artist's Statement

Epic travellers, Red Knots migrate from the Artic to Australasia every year.

As habitat is lost and global warming takes affect, profound changes are being observed in these birds - their body size is shrinking and their bills are getting shorter.

Now they arrive at their tropical wintering grounds weak and exhausted only to find it increasingly difficult to reach deep enough into the coastal mud flats to extract enough nutrient rich food to fuel their gruelling journey back to the Arctic.

Suzi Lucas


 

Research

There is plenty to see on the web about this famous little bird. Moonbird even has his own Wikipedia Page!

Here are some links to websites that inspired my work:

Phillip Hoose is a widely-acclaimed author of books, essays, stories, songs, and articles, including the award winning title, Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95

The Western Australian Museum has research on Red Knots and their flight paths into Western Australia.

Can Long-Distance Migrating Shorebird Survive?

Rufa red knot faces depletion of its food sources and its Arctic breeding grounds.

An insightful story by Ben Jervey, for National Geographic

Photograph by Steve Winter, National Geographic