Casal de Jacu-de-barriga-castanha (Penelope ochrogaster) ▪️ Chestnut-bellied Guan ▪️ “É uma espécie ameaçada de extinção, encontrada no cerrado, em pequenas áreas do pantanal do Mato Grosso e áreas do Vale do Araguaia e do São Francisco. Espécie restrita ao Brasil Central”. Fonte: Wikiaves
I posted a cryptic Insta story yesterday about driving before sunrise, but didn’t take any photos when I got to my destination. I went to Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary to shadow other volunteers for the last day of this month’s bird-banding effort. It takes a calm demeanor (and a permit from U.S. Geologic Survey) to handle the birds while minimizing stress and risk of injury to them. It also takes a lot of know-how to closely examine the birds’ feather tracts to approximate the birds’ age and other characteristics. Consequently I didn’t really do the banding part but I got to hold two of the birds in “bander’s grip” (a way to hold the bird that reduces the bird’s movement movement and risk of injury for you and the bird) and release them after banding and data collection. One was a Dark-eyed Junco and the other was a Hermit Thrush, pictured here from a photo I took in 2016.