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Old Aug 1, 2009, 2:44 PM   #1
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Default Snail Kite Chicks Banded

I may be stretching this story too long but I think think was an interesting experience. While at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge yesterday, wildlife specialists came and banded the two chicks plus placed a radio transmitter on one. They waded out to the nest site and brought the chicks back to their pick up truck to do the work, then returned the chicks to the nest. They took data on nest size bird size etc. They say the chicks should be flying in two to three days. I hope the study does some good and is worth disturbing the birds.

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Banding, data, transmitter.
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Fist photo, raised bushes in center is nest site. They are wading barefoot, damn the Gators.
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Very interesting photo story. What do they do to the birds to be able to work on them?

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Very interesting photo story. What do they do to the birds to be able to work on them?

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They put a hood on their head and they calmed down. No sedation.

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Don't the parents dislike their babies being messed with? I know that they do the same thing with the wild condors, but it amazes me that the parents don't get in a huff when their babies come back.
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The parents got in a huf when they were removed, not much when they were returned. The workers doing the tagging said from previous experience the parents accept the chicks back with no problems.

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Hi Ed,

Very interesting series.

At first I thought that it was strange that the birds are so docile when hooded, but I imagine that flying while blind wouldn't be a whole lot of fun. . . -- but I am surprised to see them lying like that on the table.

I'm sure the chicks are telling their parents about being abducted by pink aliens, head-bagged, poked and prodded, and the one comes back with this electronic backpack. . . Probably won't be long before we see some Kites with little foil hats. . .

This must have been pretty cool to watch.

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I too hope it helps the study, good series.

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Interesting series and a happy ending to the story with the chicks being reunited with the the parents.

How long do the batteries in the transmitters last? Do the transmitters stay on the bird for life or do the straps rot and fall off in time after the transmitter stops working?

Brave naturalists to wade into that swamp barefooted.

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