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Bent primaries in captured birds (1 Viewer)

adejoannis

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Hi, I'm capturing snowy plovers for a banding project. On the last effort, most of them had bent outer primaries when I took them out of the bags, from flapping in there while they were waiting. Has anyone seen this? I wonder if the bends will straighten out again on their own. Perhaps I should switch to another method of securing birds after capture.
 

Mark Grantham

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Another option is to use steam - run the bent feather over the steam and it (quite bizarrely) pings back to being straight. Very effective if you can get a good steam source!
 

Boy Wonder

Warden - RSPB Lincolnshire Wash Reserves
Or you could build holding pens for them. A lot of wader groups do this as it allows them to stretch their legs too.
 

John Morgan

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Hi, I'm capturing snowy plovers for a banding project. On the last effort, most of them had bent outer primaries when I took them out of the bags, from flapping in there while they were waiting. Has anyone seen this? I wonder if the bends will straighten out again on their own. Perhaps I should switch to another method of securing birds after capture.

There is an old pigeon fancier's trick that I learned years ago, which is to steam the kink in the feather for 1 - 2 seconds. It works like magic.

If you are out in the field, this can be difficult to manage, but I have had some sucess on kinks occurring under these circumstances by wetting the feather around the kink, then using a narrow tube (such as one uses for skulling or fat determination) to blow on the affected bit. The warmth of the breath clearly helps, so if you are able to arrange a jet of warm air from something battery powered ... Of course, if you are in a car or a truck then it is possible to get a 12v kettle on the boil and create real steam.
 

jonathmartinez

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As suggest Boy wonders, I highly suggest to use holding pens, it is usually very easy to set it up on the sand.
I attach a pic of the one I'm using.
 

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ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
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