godwits leave new zealand for alaska

the sand dunes are alive with bird watchers
the sand dunes are alive with bird watchers

Tonight (11th Februarary 2009) I joined  hundreds of other people  from Christchurch, New Zealand

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TV and radio come to record the godwits too
TV and radio come to record the godwits too

to farewell the Eastern bar-tailed godwits as they prepare to go back to Alaska.  This annual migration back to their breeding grounds in the Alasaka Arctic Tundra.

Every year we locals farewell them from our shores and when they return the catherdral bells peel out to welcome them back to their summer feeding grounds here on the Ihutai/Avon- Heathcote estuary such a short distance the centre of our city.

godwits coming in to roost beside the black and white oyster catchers
godwits coming in to roost beside the black and white oyster catchers

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Author: Heather - the kiwi travel writer

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