Ian May's leg flag message

To: "Peter Shute" <>, "birding aus" <>
Subject: Ian May's leg flag message
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 17:28:04 +1100


I was thinking the same thing - the surface area of a leg flag would seem
to be inconsequential and certainly less than a misaligned feather.

The colour flagging protocol on the AWSG website states; "In smaller
shorebirds, one flag will be attached to the right tibia, and one to the
right tarsus. The metal band would be attached to the left tarsus."  I
assume that tibia means tibiotarsus and tarsus is tarsometatarsus.  If that
is the case,  I imagine that it would not be possible for a flag to pass
over the joint so that both end up on the tibiotarsus.


             "Peter Shute"                                                 
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             27/03/08 04:08 PM         Re: [Birding-Aus] Ian May's leg     
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Is it really possible for leg flags to cause any bird to be unable to stand
in a 25 knot wind?  Is it possible that this bird was weak for some reason?

Peter Shute

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