Thursday, October 6, 2011

One Tough Commute

The Bar-Tailed Godwit, or Kuaka as they call it in New Zealand, is one really tough bird. They migrate yearly from Alaska and fly 7,258 miles to New Zealand. But, these birds fly non-stop. No food breaks, no water breaks, no sleep breaks, and no pausing as they push their way through cyclones, storms, and headwinds day and night until they reach their destination. Before they leave Alaska, they double their weight by eating a rich diet of clams, worms, seeds and berries. This is the only bird that can do this amazing trek.

Photo: Leo Berzins

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