Bar-tailed Godwit

Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

A large wader here most of the year, some stay all year. Wingspan of 700mm. You can find them here on the airstrip grass and on the beach at low tide. They change colour before they breed. Breed in Africa, Asia and Europe. It makes the longest non-stop flight of any bird without stopping for food of 11,680 km from Alaska to NZ.