Waders in flight by hrs

Waders in flight

These are migratory wading birds in flight... I think they are Godwits. We went to see them...tried hard not to disturb them...but not everyone was careful. These birds rest here to gain enough weight to allow them to make the return journey back to the Northern hemisphere. Apparently each take off and landing they lose a little weight. Bar-tailed Godwits are the record holders for the longest non stop flight....Alaska to New Zealand in 8 days...and during that time they lose half their body weight. These birds are under threat in many places of the world due to reclamation of mudflats. The area we visited enjoys International Ramsar wetland protection - however the local council at Cleveland is keen to take some of this land and build new wharf facilities.
wonderful capture
September 27th, 2017  
I wish I could lose weight so easily. Wonderful capture of them all in flight.
September 27th, 2017  
Fabulous capture of so many!
September 27th, 2017  
Crikey, quite a traffic jam.
September 27th, 2017  
That's a tremendous shot with the take-off over the water Helen.
September 27th, 2017  
Fantastic picture.
September 28th, 2017  
Wonderful flight capture over that gorgeous sparkling water..
September 28th, 2017  
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