The Amazing Bar-Tailed Godwit

Bar-tailed Godwit

First study, of the Bar-tailed Godwit

Recently I came across this delightful wader in some photos taken by a friend, Wessel Rossouw, on the SE coast of South Africa. But only after I had decided to paint a series of this bird, the Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica), did I discover what an amazing long distance traveler it is during its annual migration. Here are the links (sciencedaily) & (birdlife) of the two websites that give details of its amazing stamina for long-distance flight. It set a record in 2010, for a single non-stop flight of 11,000 kms from Alaska to New Zealand.

Bar-tailed Godwit resting

Bar-tailed Godwit resting. Study 2

         Here are the 3 studies that I  made to celebrate the achievement of this truly extraordinary bird.

Bar-tailed Godwit in flight

Bar-tailed Godwit in flight. Study 3

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