This post is dedicated to the catching and processing part of the translocation.
The nets that are used are called 'mist nets' I guess they are called that because of their transperancy. If they are errected correctly and are in the correct lighting then the net becomes almost invisible.
The nets can range in length, the shorter ones we used were 6 metres and the longest 12 metres.
The nets are about 2.5-3 metres wide/tall. They are broken into 4 sections. Each section has a piece that drops below the section underneath it to create what looks like a pocket. Basically the bird flies into the net and falls down into the pocket and is trapped.
|This is a diagram showing how the pockets of the nets work.|
|Chauncy and Kay carefully setting a net out|
|The net is tied between 2 poles, if you look carefully you can see the far pole.|
|The nets are spread out to almost the top and bottom of the poles.|
I hope this has answered some of your questions about how we caught the birds. It was really interesting working with different people in the catch team. Although they are using the same equipment, the way they work is slightly different. They all think their own way is best which was quite funny! It was great to work with them all and learn their different styles.
This is something that is really important for students to learn- there are many ways to do the same thing that will give the same results. No one has to claim that the way they do it is the only way.
Next blog is on food and avaries :)