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Humming Bird Banding - 3

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 24 January 2014 in Animal & Insect.

Humming Bird Festival in September, Rockport, Texas. A trained and licensed bander works with a humming bird

In addition to the band, hummingbirds are often identified with a temporary color-mark so that the bird can be identified again without retrapping. The color only lasts for a while, and disappears as plumage is replaced.

When a bird is banded, the bander collects data about the bird's age, sex, condition, and plumage characteristics. Measurements include the wing chord (length of the flattened wing from wrist to tip of the longest primary feather), tail length, mass, and bill length. After the bird is banded and released, the bander files data with the BBL.

Whenever a banded bird is recaptured by another bander, the information is also sent to the BBL.  The banding lab notifies the original bander of the place and date their bird was recaptured.  The bander who recaptured the bird is also notified where and when the bird was originally banded.

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

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I am admiring of this work and people who help birds or quite different animal to survive by looking after them

24 Jan 2014 5:42am

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

Belle série! La délicatesse nécessaire à ces activités est fort bien montrée.

24 Jan 2014 8:02am

jean pierre from paris, France

ces personnes font un superbe travail!!! tres belle serie!! amitiés

24 Jan 2014 9:50am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

This is awesome, never knew this was done on these little critters:)

24 Jan 2014 10:29am

Devi from Chennai, India

Love this series B :))) Learning so much from your wonderful images !!! Excellent !

24 Jan 2014 11:19am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb photo !

24 Jan 2014 11:49am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

un profil adorable et qui semble si fragile !!

24 Jan 2014 1:41pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A study in concentration Barbara! Nicely captured! ;-)

24 Jan 2014 2:03pm

michel creze from le havre, France

adorable bird !!!!!!!

24 Jan 2014 2:31pm

LauraS from Chico, United States


24 Jan 2014 6:05pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Beautiful ...

24 Jan 2014 6:25pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I love this series, seeing these tiny beauties close up.

24 Jan 2014 6:26pm

Frankiess from Český Těšín, Czech Republic

Woow! Great! The bird must be completely stressed out..

24 Jan 2014 6:59pm

@Frankiess: Surprisingly they didn't seem stressed at all, and were very calm the whole time.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A remarkable process requiring great care. Neat capture.

24 Jan 2014 7:16pm

franz from Baden, Austria

i like how this tiny fellow seems to follow the goings-on with a keen interest !!!

24 Jan 2014 8:26pm

@franz: They did seem more curious and calm, than stressed.

RBL from Oxford, United States

So very intricate and delicate task … awesome capture!

24 Jan 2014 8:45pm

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

Wonderful image of the lady at work; this had to have been a wonderful place to visit!

24 Jan 2014 9:13pm

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