Wednesday, 19 February 2014

2014/2/16

I was really thinking weather to go or not and in the end we did go. It was +17C so I wasn't really optimistic. Gulls first landed around 9 and I couldn't get a clear window and they flew away 20 minutes later.. I thought it was over! And then around 11 30 they landed again and after dozen of landing and flying in the air I finally made a catch.



Caspian from GoPro screenshot..





It wasn't so bad.. around 60 birds and more than half big ones:) It started to be more exciting when I discovered adult argentatus between them:) and it had Finnish ring:) Fuck yeah! 





And here are few interesting birds:)

60CH 1w mich





58CH 1w arg








62CH 1w cach - we had lots of talk about this bird and in the end it could only be cach... I don't know if you can see but it is HUGEEE.





61CH 3w mich 

64CH at first it recalled cach but our conclusion is female 1w mich..




YLG, HG and CG adults:)


67CH 4w mich.. funny to have full ad wing with that head and especially bill.. 


66CH 1w mich.. first I saw pale window and that whitish eye I thoght of arg , but I think it is mich.. Tail and bill and facial mask go more in mich variation.. 




70CH 2w mich




72CH 2w mich with some features recalling cach




80CH 2w mich.. this bird was strange. it has secondaries growing at 2/3 of final lenght(not as in seems in photo, it is a bit twisted in photo)




82ch 1w mich (or maybe cach)




and in the end 2 youtube clips done by Mladen. Hi finally did it!!
You should watch it in HD 1080.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Excellent start of the year

Ok, we did go to Jakusevec once before(and gulls just didn't want to play :( ) this but we'll call this a start of the year.
This Sunday looked promising because of the snow that fell on Friday and very low temperature on Saturday and Sunday.


We came to the tip at 8. Guys on the tip gave us nice load of rubbish. Everything was set at 9 and it looked as we're going to have a quick first catch, but... gulls didn't plan it that way.


 We had safety problems for almost 2 hours but it was worth it.

First catch was one of the best ever with 135 gulls under the net.

After extracting, we started ringing and few guys were resetting the net for the second catch.


Soon after reset gulls started landing in the catching area and I decided to take second catch immediately and not waiting to process all  the birds from the first catch.Second one came much faster, maybe ten minutes. And it is definitelly the best catch we ever had with 175 gulls. You can see the catch on Mladens video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZgoW8GsCek
This time Gopro didn't have problem with big Volvo but.. You'll see..

It took us more time to process the birds than usual but it was the best day ever with 310 gulls colour ringed!
Final numbers:
BHG              290
Common G      14
Caspian G          3
YLG                  2
HG                    1

And here are few interesting ones:

51CH 2w Caspian



53CH adult Caspian with pale eyes



Compared with adult YLG
54CH 2w Caspian


55CH 1w HG


And few recoveries photographed by Kruno
BHG from Serbia

 and Caspian with Pollish ring