Godwits: Long-haul Champions
Godwits: Long-haul champions, an enchanting, wonderfully illustrated book by shorebird expert Keith Woodley, tells the miraculous story of the godwits and their migrations - why and how they do it. It follows the birds on their intrepid journeys, examining the places they visit, be it an estuary in northern New Zealand, a mudflat on the Chinese-North Korean border, or a tundra nesting site in Alaska. Woodley, respected godwit expert and manager of the Miranda Shorebird Centre, details the amazing changes these birds undergo before their departure - from moulting into new plumage, to doubling their weight and shrinking non-essential body organs - as well as outlines their array of innate skills in weather prediction and global navigation. Incorporating the author's own eye-witness accounts as well as meticulous research, this tale of navigation and stunning fortitude is written in a compelling yet accessible style that will appeal to both professional bird watchers and general readers curious to discover more about one of nature's quiet achievers.
Keith Woodley is the full-time manager of the Miranda Shorebird Centre, on the Firth of Thames. From a young age, a fledgling curiosity in birds very quickly led to a strong interest in ornithology. He has since hosted thousands of people at the Centre and given hundreds of talks on the subject of shorebird migration; he has fostered an intense knowledge of the shorebird migration flyway, become the go-to expert on the godwit, and visited key sites in Australia, Alaska, China and Korea. He is the author of Godwits- Long-haul Champions (2009) and Shorebirds of New Zealand- Sharing the Margins (2012).