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Red Knots (Calidris canutus islandica,) feeding at Porsanger Fjord, Northern Norway

Red Knots (Calidris canutus islandica,) feeding at Porsanger Fjord, Northern Norway

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Uploaded 11 Nov 2011 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2011 Taken by: Peter Prokosch
The Red Knot is a migratory shorebird that travels up to 20,000 km twice a year from its breeding grounds on the high Arctic tundra to its southern non-breeding sites. Along with having one of the longest total migrations of any bird, some populations also fly as much as 8–9,000 km between stopover sites in a single flight. As a shellfish-eating specialist avoiding pathogen-rich freshwater habitats, the Red Knot relies on the few large tidal flats with abundant food resources that the world ...
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