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Dame Elisabeth Frink ‘Cormorant’, 1974 Lithograph on paper 610 x 502 mm © Frink Estate

There is no hope, no fear for you. There is no word, no whisper, no cry. There is no home, no bed for rest. There is only your own pair of wings and the pathless sky. Bird, O my bird, listen to me, do not close your wings. - Rabindranath Tagore the gardener // Two Pink Houses

PICTURED: Pelican diving off Sanibel Island. Pinner http://www.pinterest.com/tandyanderson/bird-photos/

Extinct Birds - in pictures

EXTINCT:Great Auk Pinguinus impennis A flightless, penguin-like bird that was clumsy on land but swift in water. It lived in vast colonies on the Atlantic shores and islands of the US and Canada, Scandinavia and even Britain. What happened? It was ruthlessly hunted by sailors and colonists for its down, eggs and flesh. Despite formal protection by the British in 1755, only a few were left at the start of the 19th century. By then, they were in great demand by collectors and institution...