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Written by Keith Woodley, manager of the Miranda Shorebird Centre, The Listener   
Saturday, 30 October 2010

Kuaka / bar-tailed godwit

Isn’t it time we celebrated the bar-tailed godwits’ arrival on our shores?

Every spring, a stupendous avian marathon is completed between Alaska and New Zealand. Isn’t it time we celebrated the bar-tailed godwits’ arrival on our shores?

Impossible. Beyond the limits of endurance for any animal. Such were the views, just a few years ago, expressed by some biologists over the suggestion that bar-tailed godwits could reach New Zealand from Alaska in a single non-stop flight. Yet right now, somewhere over the Pacific birds are heading this way, doing just that.

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