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Humming Bird Banding - 1

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 22 January 2014 in Animal & Insect.

Humming Bird Festival in September, Rockport, Texas

Humming bird banding is a valuable process in the study of the movement, survival and behavior of birds. The banding of hummingbirds is a carefully regulated process that must be performed only by trained and licensed banders.

The federal Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) is administered by the United States Geological Survey, with a similar program operated by the Canadian Wildlife Service.

A 2011 video of the process that I found on youtube:

NIKON D5000 1/60 second F/13.0 ISO 1000 82 mm (35mm equiv.)

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

It is so small that I did not dare to take it in my hand.

22 Jan 2014 6:00am

jean pierre from paris, France

mignon ce tout petit oiseau!! amitiés

22 Jan 2014 6:08am

Devi from Chennai, India

What a tiny bird he looks !! And he beats his wings so many times per second!! Amazing B!!
Thank you for the lovely shot and the write up B:)

22 Jan 2014 6:21am

claudie from le havre, France

Adorable !!!!!mini !!!!!!

22 Jan 2014 7:55am

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Mignon ce titi peu commun, de jolies couleurs.)

22 Jan 2014 8:46am

michel creze from le havre, France

Comme il a l'air fragile !!!!!

As he looks Fragile !!!!

22 Jan 2014 8:46am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

what marvelous scale this gives

22 Jan 2014 11:12am

Wayra from Roma, Italy


22 Jan 2014 11:37am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Kawaii, so tiny how do you catch one:)

22 Jan 2014 11:41am

@J.R.: A special trap that is over a feeder. They just go right in feeding.

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Excellent capture!

22 Jan 2014 12:32pm

Kyu from Japan

Wonderful capture. So small and cute bird.

22 Jan 2014 1:31pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful detail in this shot Barbara! I would imagine that you would need a very soft touch to do this! ;-)

22 Jan 2014 2:34pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Beautiful shot, Barbara ... and how on earth do they catch them for the banding?

22 Jan 2014 3:02pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: They have a special trap at a feeder. The hummers go right on feeding and don't seem to notice.

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! what a little bird

22 Jan 2014 4:01pm

amir baba from tehran, Iran

interesting bird

22 Jan 2014 4:36pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Oh how precious - you have really captured how tiny they are!!!

22 Jan 2014 6:15pm

rick from brisbane, Australia

Awesome!....I did some banding once for waders but these guys look so delicate.

22 Jan 2014 8:16pm

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

cool! lovely little creature :)

22 Jan 2014 11:25pm

vrinda from mangalore,Karnataka, India

cute little packet of energy!

23 Jan 2014 3:33am

L'angevine from Angers, France

oh adorable

23 Jan 2014 8:11am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful little bird that one would never suspect can be quite aggressive around the feeder.

23 Jan 2014 6:49pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

They are so small and lovely..did not know they were sometimes banded.

6 Feb 2014 12:10pm

1/60 second
ISO 1000
82 mm (35mm equiv.)