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Long-haul travel of the feathered kind

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Many people in New Zealand will be familiar with the long and uncomfortable plane ride across the world to the USA and Europe.  But spare a thought for the Bar-tailed Godwit, or Kuaka, which relies on its own wing power to fly 12,000 km non-stop from Alaska to New Zealand.

The hardy native bird breeds in Alaska during the northern hemisphere summer, returning to New Zealand from early September. In March, they start the eight-day trip back to Alaska, via the Yellow Sea.

In September, Ambury Regional Park hosted a ‘Hello Godwit’ talk and guided walk, to welcome back the migrating sea birds to our shores on the Manukau Harbour.  A good-sized crowd of all ages gathered to listen to talks from an Auckland Council ranger about pest-control, crucial to the survival of our native birds. Birds New Zealand expert, Ian McLean, also gave a short talk about Godwits, before taking everyone to view the shore birds.

Birds New Zealand (Auckland) is holding another public guided walk at Ambury Farm about the shore birds and their habitats on 29th September and 9th December. For more information, contact  Ian McLean on 021 535 121.

 

 

 

 

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