Colour-ringing enabled Tómas Gunnarsson to follow the lives of pairs of Black-tailed Godwits nesting near his parents’ home in Iceland. In this world, that is ruled by timing and opportunity, the pairings, divorces and re-pairings could form the plot for a TV soap-opera. The studies turned into a fascinating Nature paper that was written up in The Telegraph newspaper. The two main characters were christened Gretar and Sigga by the journalist but they’re more commonly known as RY-RO and RO-RO.
Click here to read the rest of the article: Black-tailed Godwit pairs – the importance of synchrony | wadertales