I thought I would take a minor detour to check the field where we had the geese yesterday and there they were so we would not need to waste time locating them. I rang Larry who was nearly at Årnes, explained how to find me and the geese and 15 minutes later he arrived. Larry’s hope was to download data from “04” the bird with a yellow leg ring and which has a radio collar rather than a GPS collar. The batteries on the radio collars last longer as they do a lot less work than the GPS collars (which have all given up the ghost) so the hope was to download 5 months worth of data (after a download in October). Unfortunately despite being only 200-250m from the bird which should have been close enough Larry could not make contact so it looks like this battery has also packed up.Counting the birds was as usual difficult due to the high stubble and undulating terrain but we both counted 145 and this seemed a good number so I began to doubt my 154 from yesterday. However I took pictures over the whole flock whilst they were all standing alert and on the PC counted exactly 154 birds!
|a presumed family group in flight. The bird in the middle is 7U. Note how the bird on the left has a seriously damged left wing. The result of gun shot?|
|that damaged wing|
|it must be difficult for this birds to fly the long distances required of it|
|Larry and radio receiver|
|the flock is on the field edge to the left of Larry|
|here we see "04" which unfortunately didn't transmit any data|