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:
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

Friday, 3 January 2014

Last catch of the year 2013

It was really not an easy decision going on JakuĊĦevec last Sunday. The rain was perdicted to fall in second half of a day. So we went:)

We got lucky with people on the tip. They gave us nice place and even put some rubbish in the catching area. Nevertheless we put additional bread in the catching area..

Birds started come very quickly but I couldn't shoot because of lot of birds in the air and some walking on the net..I fired trough first clear window..It was really nice shoot with more than 60 BHGs, around 20 YLGs a single Caspian.

We decided not to temp our luck and put the net in the car:)
And finished December with allmost 600 ringed gulls:)

Here are few interesting birds:
33EH 3w mich with dark eye

37EH very strange 1w bird that I wrote as mich because it didn't fit in any other box:)

BHG with pink spot on the back of the head

38EH 1w YLG with light inner primeries recalling HG but bill and head to mich..

39EH 1w Caspian

41EH 3w YLG

44EH 1w YLG with some features of Caspian..(maybe hyb??)

46EH 2w mich

49EH very dark 1w mich with some features recalling HG(maybe hyb again??)

And that's it!

Any comments welcome:)