Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Go Godwit go

There will always be a place here for the wonders of the biological world. I saw news this week of a report in the Proceedings of the Royal Society detailing the epic migration of the bar tailed godwit using data obtained from individual transmitters on birds. One female flew over 11,000km in a nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean from Alaska to New Zealand.

The bird's journey lasted more than eight days with no rest or food, and took it into a place in the record books. The bird would have flapped its wings non-stop for the entire journey and did not feed or sleep. The godwit shown above is, presumably, taking a well earned rest.

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