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Old May 15, 2007, 12:53 PM   #11
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Tim: There have been ongoing long term population studies on the Florida Jays at the Archbold Station for many, many years (I visited there as a student many years ago). The bands on the legs of the birds are parts of the studies; they mark each bird with an individual combination of bands. The silver band is an individually numbered aluminum band provided by the USF&WS under permit. The colors and positions of the bands can indicate year of hatching, sex, and location of "birth" so the birds and their movements can be monitored without being repeatedly captured.
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Old May 15, 2007, 9:23 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone for looking and commenting. Penolta, it is neat that you were down here in years past. Archbold is still a cool place and if I were retired I would probably volunteer there to hang out with the scientists and learn more. Thanks for the explanation on the bands.

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Old May 15, 2007, 10:05 PM   #13
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I don't know how I mised these but I did. Nice series, you done did gooood again.


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Old May 16, 2007, 1:30 PM   #14
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It couldn't be as cool as it was when Archbold himself was still there - he was quite a character. Guests sat at a long dinner table, with him at the head in a large throne-like chair, regaling them with tall tales about his exploits. Above his head in a glass case on the mantlepiece was a huge egg from an extinct bird (an Elephant Bird or Moa) which he had gotten while on an expedition (chronicled in the National Geographic). There was also a large picture of the Catalina flying boat he used on that expedition (I don't remember now whether it was to Madagascar or New Zealand) docked in front of the island. And the food was - well - interesting.

Now, that was cool! Way cool!
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Old May 16, 2007, 5:01 PM   #15
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Great shots Tim.
Thanks for reminding me of the value of these manual lenses.
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Old May 16, 2007, 6:19 PM   #16
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Penolta, wow, I did not think about the fact thatRichard Archbold himself would have been there when you were there. I never knew the man, he died in 1976 and my family did not move to Highlands County until 1981. There are still numerous trophies brought back from his travels there at the facility and the staff like to tell stories about him. They have added a second research facility since you were there, a 40,000 acre cattle ranch/ag research facility that has a great variety of birds on it.

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stunningly WOW!! tim
he was probably enthralled with your badge. hard to get near to here also.

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Fantastic Avian shots, so sharp, the clarity of their plumage is amazing.
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Nice work with a MF lens! Keep it up!
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