Gerrit Vyn Photography –

Gerrit Vyn is a conservation and wildlife photographer and cinematographer dedicated to telling the stories of endangered animals and habitats. He is a producer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers

Virtually the entire Alaska breeding population of Bar-tailed Godwits (Limosa lapponica) are forced into a tiny area of intertidal mudflats at high tide. The highest tides push them inland to contend with powerlines and an industrialized landscape.  Reclamation of mudlflats and pollution threaten this critical migratory stopover location. This is the gowits only stop on a northward migration from New Zealand to Alaska each spring. Without what remains the population will perish. Yalu Estuary, China. May.
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Virtually the entire Alaska breeding population of Bar-tailed Godwits (Limosa lapponica) are forced into a tiny area of intertidal mudflats at high tide. The highest tides push them inland to contend with powerlines and an industrialized landscape. Reclamation of mudlflats and pollution threaten this critical migratory stopover location. This is the gowits only stop on a northward migration from New Zealand to Alaska each spring. Without what remains the population will perish. Yalu Estuary,...
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Keywords:
Bar-tailed Godwit
China
East Asian Australasian Flyway
Limosa lapponica
Yalu Estuary
Yalu Jiang
Yalujiang Nature Reserve
Yellow Sea
air quality
coastal
cranes
critical habitat
development
flock
industry
intertidal zone
migration
mudflats
port
reclamation
resting
roosting
shorebird
shorebird habitat
wader