Christchurch's favourite bird is home for summer.
The first bar-tailed godwits were spotted in Christchurch yesterday, having flown more than 11,000 kilometres over eight days from Alaska.
Christchurch City Council park ranger and ornithologist Andrew Crossland snapped this photo of the godwits yesterday at the Charlesworth Reserve in Bromley.
"They were at Charlesworth on the high tide but . . . a hawk flew over and spooked them," Crossland said.
"They then flew to an obscure mudbank in the middle of the estuary."
During the New Zealand summer the birds rest and double their weight before returning, in stages via a coastal route, to breed in Alaska.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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