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Schnepf Inger has chosen a clever route

The bird conservationists talk of a "great performance": Curlew flew in about 36 hours, just under 2200 miles.

Christian Sebald

On the day after Schnepfingers landing in the king's mad moss, you do not get the landesbund für vogelschutz (LBV) out of sheer enthusiasm. "With such a great performance, no one expected this," says the Supreme guardian at the TCAS, Andreas von Lindeiner, after a first evaluation of the flight data. "And not only because of the made broke bird only about five hours short break in the rhône Delta. But, above all, due to his immense pace. On average, he was with Tempo 70. That's what makes him so fast no other bird."

started on Monday against 23 at schnepf was a Inger in his wintering area in the southern Spanish national Park Coto de Doñana. On Wednesday morning, about eleven o'clock he arrived safely to his home area in the king mad moss in the lower valley of the river ISAR. The route that he has travelled, is nearly 2200 miles long. The stage from the South of Spain to the estuary of the Rhône amounted to 1250 km, from there to lower Bavaria, there were 950 kilometers.

There are not these figures alone, the Lindeiner delight. "If you look at the Route a little closer, you quickly realize how deftly she is elected," says Lindeiner. To a snipe Inger has avoided in order to both the Pyrenees and the Central Alps widely. "That was very clever," says Lindeiner. "In the high mountains, very adverse conditions. A lot of snow, it is cold and windy."

on The other schnepf Inger at concise Talmarken. "In Spain, he is mostly along rivers flown," says Lindeiner. "From Grenoble to Geneva and on to Bern and Zurich, he was in the vicinity of highways." Particularly is cracks Lindeiner of how straight forward the Curlew has driven to his resting place in the Delta of the Rhône after 200 km of flight over the open Mediterranean sea. "Such performances are the reason why the bird's flight is still one of the great mysteries of biology," says Lindeiner.

have strapped The research project, in the TCA-people schnepf Inger and other Bavarian broke birds with GPS transmitters on the back, should solve this and other mysteries of this type. Because so far we know only little about the rare birds with the long, down-curved beaks. Schnepf Inger has survived the record-breaking flight. The GPS transmitter on his back logs with regularity from the king of sour moss.

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