Each spring thousands of godwits make the impressive direct flight from Alaska to New Zealand shores. A non-stop flight of 11,000km in about 8 days. Most depart in March, making the epic return journey North, via Eastern Asia, to their thawing Arctic breeding grounds.
Godwit Web-Links: NZ Birds Online: Godwit sound recordings at this link. Plus Godwit identification, distribution, habitat, breeding, food, threats & conservation; DOC NZ: The Godwit migration; Teara NZ: Map of Godwits migration route; NZ Science Resources: Interesting information about “Godwits in flight”: flight path, flock formation, wing design, flight speed.