The old bird finally recaptured!

 

Past three days I was joined by Ko de Korte. He did his PhD on Long-tailed Skua breeding ecology in Greenland, back in the ’70/’80s. It has been very interesting and fun to share our experiences in the field. Together, we tried to recapture some skuas carrying geolocators. No luck with those birds however: they know the trap. We did capture some others though, of which one was the old bird I wrote about earlier. It had been ringed by Rolf Larsson in 1997 at the very same spot! Given that it was already breeding back then, it must now be at least 21 years old – and maybe even older. I tried to retrap this bird several times, but never managed. The legs were remarkably dark (instead of the usual blue-grey); possibly a sign of its high age.

Ko and me, holding the old bird. It now carries a geolocator and a colour-ring.
Ko and me, holding the old bird. It now carries a geolocator and a colour-ring.
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2 thoughts on “The old bird finally recaptured!

  1. Åke Lindström June 9, 2014 / 2:42 pm

    Wow! Save this picture and take a new one in 2024. Then the bird will look the same, but not you… (-: Good luck with the logger birds, must be a challange, worthy a real master.

  2. paulamachin June 9, 2014 / 6:22 pm

    Nice Rob!!! Very nice!! I remember some of those chances to trap it, you finally got it!! I can see that there is not much snow…must be full of nests…did you find any wader nest so far? Big hugs!

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