28 Sep 2020

Godwits smashing speed records en route to NZ

From Morning Report, 8:59 am on 28 September 2020

A migrating bird species is blasting towards New Zealand at record speeds, with strong tailwinds propelling them along.

Godwits or Kuaka are on their 11500 kilometre migration from Alaska to New Zealand.

Last week we spoke to the scientists tracking the birds using new technology and they've noticed they're setting speed records.

Phil Battley, an associate professor of Zoology at Massey University, speaks to Corin Dann.