Story: Wading birds

Flock of bar-tailed godwits

A large flock of godwits and lesser knots settles on the shelly beach of Miranda, on the Firth of Thames coast near Auckland. Eastern bar-tailed godwits arriving from Alaska need to feed intensively to replace the reserves lost during their long flight. They also need to rest after spending six to ten days on the wing without a break. Miranda is a favoured site as it provides rich feeding grounds combined with sheltered roosting areas.

This recording is of a flock of godwits calling.

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New Zealand Herald
Reference: 26 October 2005
Photograph by Greg Bowker

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Sound file from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision (Bird calls – godwit and kākāpō chicks/Reference number CDR04/159/01).

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Gerard Hutching, 'Wading birds - Bar-tailed godwits', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 June 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015