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Yellow Warbler by kaminskygirl Yellow Warbler by kaminskygirl
6/28/11

This summer I've had the wonderful opportunity become available to me to be present at banding stations in the pacific northwest. The Puget Sound Bird Observatory (PSBO) has deemed me to be their "high school intern" and I've been learning tons! This is a Yellow Warbler that was banded at one of PSBO's banding stations through MAPS.

Isn't he a beauty?

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:iconsugerpie56:
Sugerpie56 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is so cute! Also, really amazing!
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:iconkaminskygirl:
kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Photographer
Thank you so much! And he is cute!
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Sugerpie56 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Your welcome!
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:iconseda04:
Seda04 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
how did you end up holing him??? and how did he just stay in your hand so calmly...
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kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student Photographer
I learned how to bird band this summer - we catch birds, put a band on their legs, and then look for various things on them to figure out how old they are, what gender they are, etc. The idea is after banding in the same area for multiple years, you'll see if you catch birds that you caught in previous years, which will give an idea of which birds breed where, whether they're migration patterns are the same year after year, etc. It's a lot of fun.
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Seda04 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
that sounds great!!! ok...so how do you do the catch??? you use a cage???
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kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student Photographer
No, we use mist nets. They're about 15 to 20 feet long, and about 10 feet high. You set them up, and then you check them periodically for birds that have flown into them. You then take the birds out of the nets and band them.
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Seda04 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
injuries????
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:iconkaminskygirl:
kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Photographer
They happen occasionally, but as banders, we work our hardest, and take every precaution, to prevent them.
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Seda04 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thats great...have you ever had the luck of spotting the whistlers warbler???
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:iconkaminskygirl:
kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student Photographer
I have not - I haven't lived or visited any place that would be within its territory. Here we get Wilson's, Yellow, Yellow-rumbed, Townsend's, and some other warblers.
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WestLothian Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Photographer
Amazing size and color!
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kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student Photographer
I know, isn't he beautiful?! A lot of the males are this bright, but I just loved this guy. He's bright, and he has the characteristic red stripes down his breast. He was just gorgeous.
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Kitsuchan59 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
"Let me go, you twit!" It's surprising how calm wild animals can be if you hold them right. MY mother used to handle wild snakes all the time, even rattlers, and never got bit once.
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kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student Photographer
It really is incredible. And I love how when you hold wild animals you get to know their personality so well. This summer I was partnered up with someone who was banding a Red-Naped Sapsucker, and the bird was just wanted to completely peck out the bander's hand. So I gave him my finger, and he just kind of closed his beak around it and seemed pretty content. Funny little guy. I love him though :)
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peace-love-edward Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Student General Artist
PAV! YOU'RE ALIVE! QuQ
Hahahaa sorry, it was far too tempting to do that. XD

But awesome picture! Are you the one holding it? I suppose I should know, since the person holding it's nails are FAR too long to be yours ;) jkjk I LOVE YOU EMMA
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kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Student Photographer
Love you too sissy!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooh! Cool capture! :)
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:iconkaminskygirl:
kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student Photographer
Thank you! :)
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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:iconmeihua:
meihua Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Aww, he is gorgeous! Nice closeup :)
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:iconkaminskygirl:
kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student Photographer
Thank you so much! And isn't he? I love how bright he is.
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SilverMoon-Archer Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
He is soooo cute!! ^^
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:iconkaminskygirl:
kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student Photographer
Isn't he?! He's just completely adorable
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SilverMoon-Archer Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
He is indeed ^^
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:iconkaminskygirl:
kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student Photographer
:D
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satishverma Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
absolutely beautiful.
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:iconkaminskygirl:
kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Student Photographer
He sure is. :)
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satishverma Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks
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e11e-k Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
yes quite the beauty.
i've always wanted to hold a wild bird in my hands
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kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student Photographer
It's pretty amazing - they're so light, and yet you know that this light little thing is a live being that you have to be really careful around.
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CyberTriber Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
OMG...ur breaking his fragile little legs...poor thing.
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kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student Photographer
No, he's totally fine. If he wasn't happy, he would be flapping his wings trying to get away, which he didn't do.

And we weren't breaking his legs. Bird legs aren't straight like human legs are - they're bent at an angle naturally. So the way they look bent in the photo is actually how bird legs are normally, it's not something that humans have inflicted on them. As banders, we hold the bird on its legs in such a way that we're supporting the bird and its legs, without damaging them any way.
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CyberTriber Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
LOL...I'm sure you know what you are doing! I was just being silly.
A beautiful little bird, you are lucky to be working so closely with them.
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kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Student Photographer
Thank you :)
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xRedLily Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg ofcourse he isnīt breaking its legs! xīD
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AokitianWolf Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Student General Artist
Absolutely amazing! And you're so lucky to get to hold such a pretty bird too!
Honestly, that is absolutely wonderful to see. Very nice shot :D
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kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student Photographer
Thank you so much! He's such a little cutie. I love him :)
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AokitianWolf Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student General Artist
I wish I could do more animal photography... but there isn't much where I live other than robins and sparrows.
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kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student Photographer
Go into wildlife areas - wildlife reserves/preserves, forests, areas near water, mountains, etc. and you'll be able to find more wildlife to photograph.
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AokitianWolf Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome! But then for the mountain area... we don't have any where I live. I love the mountainous landscapes and stuff too. I don't think we have any wildlife reserves or anything... :(
My dad is always working to get a stupid house done that was supposed to be done 2 years ago, and mom can't drive because she had surgery on her shoulder, so I'm kinda stuck at home.
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kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student Photographer
Hmm... are there any parks near your house that you could walk to?
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:iconaokitianwolf:
AokitianWolf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Not really.
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:iconkaminskygirl:
kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Student Photographer
Well...I'm sorry :/
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PhoenixLumbre Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! He's lovely!
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kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Student Photographer
He sure is :D
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Meduadaat Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
hes beautiful !
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:iconkaminskygirl:
kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Student Photographer
Isn't he? Full on male Yellow Warblers are just so amazingly striking! All yellow with the red stripes on his chest...just gorgeous :)
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:iconmeduadaat:
Meduadaat Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
and gleek!
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:iconkaminskygirl:
kaminskygirl Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Student Photographer
Yes, it's true! Pavarati (sp?) in the flesh!
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