The coastal fringe of tropical North Queensland is the end of the journey and a safe haven for these birds who are undertaking enormous migratory flights after their breeding season in the Northern Hemisphere. Using what is termed the East Asian Australian Flyway, they can travel 11000 km or more to reach their destination and feeding grounds. Some of these bar-tailed godwits fly directly from north to south - possibly the longest non-stop journey of any migratory bird. Wetlands form a vital and integral part of this migration, and encroaching human habitation is causing a marked decline in the numbers of all these migratory wading birds. I watch the incoming waders along the mud flats of Cairns Esplanade, which is a haven for all these birds exhausted after their journeys. Here they take full advantage of the safe resting place and feeding grounds, all species interacting and recuperating.