|Great Snipe. Photo: Patrik Olofsson|
Virtually nothing is known about the migration routes and wintering habitats of the enigmatic but endangered great snipe (Gallinago media). We tracked great snipes using minute data loggers to reveal their yearly movements. To our surprise, the snipes made exceptionally long and speedy non-stop flights, traveling directly from Scandinavia into Africa (6000 km) in 2-3 days. En route they not only crossed deserts and seas but also wide areas of favorable feeding habitat. As migrants normally travel in shorter flight steps when possibilities for re-fueling are available, the spectacular great snipe flights represent a previously unknown strategy in bird migration.
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|Data logger. Photo: Raymond Klaassen|
|Snipe with logger. Photo: Raymond Klaassen|