Share this photo on Twitter Share this photo on Facebook

Humming Bird Banding - 2

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 23 January 2014 in Animal & Insect.

Humming Bird Festival in September, Rockport, Texas

A trained and licensed bander works with a humming bird.

When banded birds are captured, released alive and reported from somewhere else, researchers can monitor the movements of an individual bird. Once carefully extracted from the trap, each bird is transferred to a soft mesh holding cage and checked to see if it has previously been banded.

Each "new" (unbanded) bird receives a band marked with a unique number which will be recorded in the BBL database.

A 2011 video of the process that I found on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rEEUVEXG0g

NIKON D5000 1/60 second F/8.0 ISO 1000 82 mm (35mm equiv.)

Devi from Chennai, India

A delicate and impressive procedure !!

23 Jan 2014 6:20am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

For some reason, I cannot play the clip but imagine how gentle it all has to be.

23 Jan 2014 7:45am

jean pierre from paris, France

belle présentation d'une opération délicate!! amitiés

23 Jan 2014 10:16am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Super, they are soooooooooo tiny:)

23 Jan 2014 11:14am

michel creze from le havre, France

Travail de passionnés qui nous renseigne sur les habitudes des animaux et nous aide à mieux les protéger !

Labor of love that tells us about the habits of animals and help us to protect them!

23 Jan 2014 12:56pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Je ne suis pas sur d'apprécier un tel traitement, même au nom de la science.... :)

23 Jan 2014 1:26pm

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

Another wonderful shot of this intricate procedure, Barbara.
Thanks for yesterday's explanation of how they are 'caught' for the banding.
What gentle hands these banders must have.

23 Jan 2014 1:55pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

It takes a deft and delicate touch to complete this task! Nicely captured Barbara! ;-)

23 Jan 2014 1:57pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

A superb photo !

23 Jan 2014 2:25pm

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Delicate procedure and attention

23 Jan 2014 2:51pm

franz from Baden, Austria

she must have exceptionally tender and gentle hands ...

23 Jan 2014 6:12pm

Frankiess from Český Těšín, Czech Republic

Fine documentary picture !

23 Jan 2014 6:41pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WOnderful documentary - a very delicate business

23 Jan 2014 6:48pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A fascinating shot of this delicate process.

23 Jan 2014 6:51pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great documented photo; and so very interesting … fragile work :)

23 Jan 2014 8:04pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

This is fantastic to see, and learn about. Thanks for yesterday's and today's great photos to go along with your narrative.

23 Jan 2014 9:15pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Very delicate work...nice capture

6 Feb 2014 12:12pm

NIKON D5000
1/60 second
F/8.0
ISO 1000
82 mm (35mm equiv.)