A male red-haired godwit ( Limosa lapponica ), a small wading bird with a long, slender bill , has just completed its incredible migration . The bird , identified by the code 4BBRW, carries a small satellite tracker on its back that has allowed scientists from the Global Flyway Network to follow its journey. On September 16, the red-haired godwit took off from Alaska and arrived at its wintering spot in Auckland, New Zealand, just 11 days later. Flying over the Pacific Ocean, which offers no refuge to rest, the bird traveled the 12,200 kilometers in one go, at a speed.of about 88 km / h. It’s a new record! The previous record dated from 2007: another barge had flapped its wings for 11,680 kilometers, on its return trip.
After departing, 4BBRW headed south, circled over the Aleutian Islands, Hawaii and Fiji before en route to Auckland. It is possible to see the position of this red barge on the Global Flyway Network site . The bird is currently enjoying the beginning of the austral spring in the land of the Kiwis . There, it feeds on shells and worms to store energy and will soon have to make the return trip.