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Old Aug 7, 2006, 1:48 PM   #1
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Every other bird I know they put a band around the foot. Why, I ask WHY do these ornithologists feel that putting what amounts to a beer can around their neck is the way to tag Swans. I just don't buy it.

If I could have I would have removed it...


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Old Aug 7, 2006, 4:16 PM   #2
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It is ugly and really can't be much fun for the swan but as you've demonstrated here.... swan EA35 is in New Yorkwith no need of a capture to read the tag.

Great pictures by the way!

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Great shots Dave, and yes it is maddening to see that. That cannot be comfortable for the bird. Speaking of mad, we had another oil spill in our area this w'end, and today while I was golfing, a Canada Goose, covered in oil, was around one of the greens in obvious distress. It was very sad to see. The golf pro called the government wildlife agency to let them know of this poor bird, and they said they didn't know if they could get there to "rescue" it or not because they're swamped with calls for other oil soaked birds. Hope they get to it, because it sure was laboring........PO'd in Vancouver.........Don.
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Old Aug 7, 2006, 6:00 PM   #4
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Great shots Dave, and yes it is maddening to see that. That cannot be comfortable for the bird. Speaking of mad, we had another oil spill in our area this w'end, and today while I was golfing, a Canada Goose, covered in oil, was around one of the greens in obvious distress. It was very sad to see. The golf pro called the government wildlife agency to let them know of this poor bird, and they said they didn't know if they could get there to "rescue" it or not because they're swamped with calls for other oil soaked birds. Hope they get to it, because it sure was laboring........PO'd in Vancouver.........Don.
Your story is a heck of a lot more ghastly than mine. Still, bending those graceful necks is a routine activity for these birds, and to one extent or another, the edge digs in...

Well, far be it for me to be called a religious man, but the Bible teaches us to be "stewards" to the earth. You would think from reading what people who call themselves religious write, that the quicker all other life is dead, the better. :P

Canada Geese

Birds are hard wired.
There's no decision that you
make,
or could make,
that isn't buried in
your genes.

All the behavior is just
mechanical response.
There's no thought,
no insight,
nothing that isn't
predetermined,
predestined,
fixed by a million years
of evolution.

And then one day
at the onset of
winter
Half of you decided not
to migrate.
To stay North.
To violate all the sacred beliefs,
all the careful observations,
all the mechanical thoughts
of those who think
you're nothing more
then a gaudy machine.

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Nice captures, sharp and detailed.

I will leave the monitoring device topic alone...: (
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