Sunday, March 14, 2010
Bar-tailed Godwits - again!
At this time of year the Bar-tailed Godwits are changing color so quickly they are worth watching every day - and certainly worth a second post. I still haven't managed to see one with full breeding plumage up close enough to get a good photo. However, I have had a good chuckle at the way so many of them are waddling because of the extra weight they stack on right before migration. Then the other day while taking photos I got some with the birds in flight and realized that you can clearly see the fat bodies. The first photo shows their long beautiful wings. The next two photos are taken at an angle where the wings are hardly visible but the lovely plump bodies are easy to see. The birds need all this fat because they fly directly from here to the Yellow Sea area of China without a stop. The fat supplies the energy on this long flight.For more bird photos visit the Bird Photography Weekly.