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Ringing course in Zambia

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Old Friday 13th April 2012, 20:46   #1
Dieter Oschadleus
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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, 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
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