Redlands landscapes, shorebirds featured in new children's book The Call of the Far Eastern Curlew

BEAUTIFUL REDLANDS: Geoff Logan and Katrina Logan with their new book, The Call of the Far Eastern Curlew, at GJ Walter Park. Photo: Chris Walker
BEAUTIFUL REDLANDS: Geoff Logan and Katrina Logan with their new book, The Call of the Far Eastern Curlew, at GJ Walter Park. Photo: Chris Walker

LOCAL children's author Katrina Logan has written a book showcasing the tale of one of the Redlands' precious shorebirds.

The Call of the Far Eastern Curlew tells the story of Parker, a young boy who wants to be an ornithologist, and his efforts to save the eastern curlew.

It is written by Ms Logan and illustrated by her brother-in-law, Geoff Logan. The duo are also behind children's books like Straddie and Down by the Bay.

The book features photographs by local Redlands photographer Chris Walker and is a joint initiative with the Queensland Wader Study Group.

Ms Logan spent much of her childhood on North Stradbroke Island and has worked as a teacher in the Redlands community.

Local landscapes feature in many of her works, with Cleveland and the shores of Moreton Bay appearing in her latest book.

"I knew something had to be done to educate dog owners, boaties, park users and developers about the urgent need to protect the far eastern curlew, especially when big developments like Toondah Harbour eat into their much-needed resting and feeding places," she said.

"I contacted Sheryl and Arthur Keates from the QWSG and we worked together to get the story of this magnificent bird told.

"I really hope that it makes children and parents realise just how special our Redlands Coast really is, and that it inspires them to consider how humans and shorebirds can coexist more successfully.

"I think a lot of people don't even realise we have this incredible long-distance flier, which is critically endangered, right here in our backyard and we need to protect it."

CHILDREN'S STORY: The Call of the Far Eastern Curlew tells the story of the critically endangered shorebird. Photo: Chris Walker

CHILDREN'S STORY: The Call of the Far Eastern Curlew tells the story of the critically endangered shorebird. Photo: Chris Walker

The Redlands contains vital habitat for more than 40 shorebird species, including the critically endangered eastern curlew, Australia's largest migratory shorebird.

It is a story of wonder, courage and hope and how even a small boy can do a great big thing.

The Call of the Far Eastern Curlew is available in hardcover from katrinalogan.com/product/the-call-of-the-far-eastern-curlew-pre-order/.