The other day, we had an opportunity to band some birds. Here in Kenya, they use the queen's English which apparently dictates the term 'Bird Ringing,' but at any rate, some friends of ours here have been involved for quite some time with ecological studies of birds here in Kenya. Right now there are both local species and those which pass through on their migration from Europe and West Asia. I (Jim) have had a wonderful time chasing around birds in my spare time (not a lot) and it's fun to learn about how biology works here. I know. I'm a big nerd. Here are some pictures of our banding adventures. Maybe I'll post some more general photos of birds soon. This area is really a beautiful place! Above are some red-fronted parrots we saw as we were setting up the nets.
|A female Baglafecht Weaver waiting in the net. They're the ones that build the crazy hanging nests in Acacia trees.|
|Cape Robin Chat in hand and a Rufous Sparrow waiting.|
|The kids getting an up-close and personal view of the action.|
|A Bronze Sunbird|
|Our friend Jeff taking some vital statistics.|