24 Aug '12, 7pm

Bird uses hurricane winds to accelerate flight speed to 100 MPH

Bird uses hurricane winds to accelerate flight speed to 100 MPH

Some locals gather at recreational shooting swamps in the Caribbean to slaughter with impunity everything that flies by. They claimed perhaps their most notable bird victims last year: two Whimbrels named Machi and Goshen that were being tracked by Smith’s team. Over a lifetime Machi is estimated to have flown 27,000 migration miles and made it through Tropical Storm Maria; Goshen had flown 14,000 miles including several hours battling Hurricane Irene. Forced to land in Guadalupe, an area they had avoided in previous recorded migrations, they were then killed by the unregulated hunters.

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0824-superbird.html

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