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Old Saturday 31st January 2009, 10:43   #1
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Radio tracked gull?

Anyone know of a scheme that radio tracks gulls? Whilst looking back through some pictures, i noticed a black headed gull with something sticking out from its back. After having a closer look i realised it was just a piece of rubbish it had picked up but some sort of arial. Anyone know of anyone doing this?
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Old Sunday 1st February 2009, 23:03   #2
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Anyone? Does anyone agree wth me that its actually an arial not just a peice of stray wire which it picked up somewhere?
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Old Monday 2nd February 2009, 08:33   #3
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Anyone? Does anyone agree wth me that its actually an arial not just a peice of stray wire which it picked up somewhere?
It definitely looks like radio tracking antenna. Have you any more images of this gull? Radio-tracked birds would normally be ringed as well, but the legs are invisible in this view.

I have no idea who is doing this type of study on gulls, but this is probably the best place to find out. It might be worth stating when and where the photo was taken, as it may have been tagged abroad


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Old Monday 2nd February 2009, 11:53   #4
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Couldn't see the legs so dont know wether there was a ring or not. It was seen back in July at the Newport Wetlands, South Wales. i've contacted the BTO to see wether they know of any projects like this. I've also done a Google search which didn't prove alot of use.
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Radio tags

Last summer I heard that satelite tracked Lesser-black backed Gulls, breeding in the Netherlands, were feeding on the Suffolk coast and returning over the North Sea to feed their young. That sounded amazing but despite a searching on google I couln't find any info. May be, as such schemes don't rely on observer data they don't need to publicise themselves...

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thats a good point, dave.
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This might help....if you go onto this site they have the ringing and some about radiio transmitters for many different species.
http://www.cr-birding.be/

Here is one for BHH that are doing radio transmitters
Combination of rings and radiotransmitter.
Geoffroy De Schutter, rue de la Sapiničre 15, B-1170 Bruxelles, Belgium


Hope this might help...the site I mentioned is really good for traceing the origins of the birds.
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Old Monday 2nd March 2009, 11:30   #8
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That sounds pretty likely, shame theres no email address for that one though.
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Did a search on google on the name and address and came up with this link with an email address.
http://www.ieb.be/article/257/
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This is work being done by SOVON, and you can look at some of the individual tracks of birds here:
http://www.sovon.nl/default.asp?id=409

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Old Monday 2nd March 2009, 19:53   #11
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Thanks folks, hopefully i might get somewhere with the new info. I'll keep you posted.
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