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Puffinus griseus English: A Sooty Shearwater n...

Puffinus griseus English: A Sooty Shearwater near Avila Beach, California, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The humble little sooty shearwater is the world record holder for the longest annual migration of any bird.

This seabird, with a wingspan of a little more than a metre, breeds on small islands in the South Pacific before setting off on a remarkable journey around the world that has them travelling up to 40,000 miles in a year.

Which leads me to ask, why do birds migrate such long distances?

Of course, the answer is to ensure the survival of the species.

The shearwater finds safe breeding grounds and then pursue rich feeding areas across the oceans before returning again.  If they were to stay in the one spot for too long, they would soon die off.

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Photo by Lee Berger. View from rear of Leopard...

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There were once two leopards who would meet to chew over a couple of old bones every Friday.

They lived in a valley that had an abundance of gazelles, so they were well fed.

“I think that I’m going to learn how to catch warthogs.”  Larry the leopard said one day.

“Why would you do that?” Lenny the leopard responded. “We have plenty of gazelles to eat and we know how to catch them.”

“Yes, I know, but you don’t know what the future holds, perhaps they’ll run out one day.” said Larry.

“What a waste of time,” said his mate Lenny.

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