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Thousands of brolgas were standing around, tall and proud, and living happily with the swamp people for æons thank you very much. The grey-feathered cranes with long stick-legs were the emblematic birds of the local environs. Brolga! Kudalku! Brolga! A bird of a big dreaming; a bird with a bare red-skinned head sitting on top of a long skinny neck joining a large body covered in grey feathers.

(Alexis Wright, The Swan Book, ‘ dust cycle’)