|Just how close do you need to get before a metal ring code can be deciphered? This Herring Gull was in Ramsgate Harbour and the complete code was not readable - thus a waste of effort on two counts - the ringer and the ring reader!|
I was never comfortable with the use of mist nets and fitting silly BTO metal rings - basically the data that is gained revolves around where the bird was captured and where it ended up dead/re-captured and how many days and kilometres were involved between these two dates. Any attempt at a life history is purely speculative.
|A nice advert for the RSPCA Malydams wildlife rescue centre - this Herring Gull was taken into care as a displaced nestling - three years later it is still going strong thanks to the efforts of Richard and his team|
|The Aberdeen Ringing Group were quick to send details of this bird - they had ringed it less than two weeks before I photographed it along the Ebsfleet Road (Pegwell Bay)|
|Sadly - I am still waiting for details of this Brent Goose - Reculver 2007|
|It seems unbelievable that I am unable to get any details of this adult Egyptian Vulture |
- photographed on Menorca (Oct 2010) The bird has a C-R and an electronic tag.
I have reported this bird to several agencies - still no joy
|A Norwegian C-R Great Black-backed Gull in Ramsgate Harbour - a very well co-ordinated project|
|An adult Herring Gull, on our bungalow roof, wearing a North Thames Gull Group C-R. |
One of the most successful projects within the UK - the group are superbly equipped to get info back to the ring reader - usually within a few hours!