Billy Maher
Big Dog Island, August 2016
Digital Image

I met Billy Maher in a mutton birding processing shed on Big Dog Island, in 2016. I was there to observe the processes involved in birding in order to assist the development of an educational resource about this significant and important Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural practice.

When I met Billy, he had just returned from the nearby rookery with the traditional haul of fifty birds, and had begun his first task of extracting the 'gurry' from their stomachs. This is achieved by squeezing out the contents of the birds into a large forty-four gallon drum, which was close to full of this heady mixture of omega-3 rich oil. Billy was kind enough to pause his work for a moment while I took his picture.