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Ringing course in Zambia

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Old Friday 13th April 2012, 20:46   #1
weavers4africa
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Ringing course in Zambia

The Zambian Ornithological Society invited me to run a ringing course on Bovu Island, on the Zambezi River, about 60 km upstream of Victoria Falls.

The bird ringing course ran from 30 March to 3 April, and was attended by 10 trainees. One of the trainees, Rory McDougal, was qualified as a fully-fledged ringer he had substantial previous experience of ringing. During the course, we caught a total of 327 birds of 45 different species. The species of which we caught the most birds was Red-billed Quelea; 128 were ringed (mostly juveniles). Interesting birds for me were ones I had not handled before: Tropical Boubou, Coppery Sunbird, White-fronted Bee-eater, Yellow-bellied Sunbird. Some birds were migrants, probably en route north: Red-backed Shrike, European Marsh Warbler, European Reed Warbler.

During this trip, I made a collection of new Zambian records for the PHOWN (PHOtos of Weaver Nests, http://weavers.adu.org.za/phown.php) project.

My flights to Livingstone, and the course costs, were sponsored by the Zambian Ornithological Society. To see more photos and a full species list of ringed birds, see trip report at http://weavers.adu.org.za/trip2012zm.php
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