Every September the Christ Church Cathedral bells peal for 30 minutes to announce the arrival of the Godwits after the 11,000 km non-stop flight from Alaska. They fly back to Alaska in March and the Christchurch City Council rangers and the Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust put on a farewell event at the time of their departure. Of course it’s not their exact time of departure! Perhaps someone should tell the Godwits we’re having a party just for them, and they should now make a big deal about flying off just for all those nature photographers standing by the shoreline with their enormous lenses. (Yes I have lens envy).
The very nonchalant Godwits Oyster Catchers (opps!), hanging about and fairly oblivious to the large crowd of people staring at them doing not much at all!
Now here’s a bit of flying… but they were landing, not taking off 🙂