Natural History Museum’s ornithologists ringed the young pelicans

13.04.2016

On Skadar Lake, the ringing of Dalmatian pelicans had been performed ever since 1970’s, when this species was still largely unknown to science. Intensive researches of Dalmatian pelican throughout the world had brought to Skadar Lake a well known pelican expert, dr Alain Crivelli, who is still in charge of the international pelican ringing scheme. In collaboration with, at the time the only Montenegrin ornithologist Ondrej Vizi, started the ringing program which used colored researchers’ rings. Following the practice to mark birds with unique ring type for each locality, the rings used on Skadar Lake were oval PVC open rings, blue with white markings from K001 to K100. Until 2010, about forty young individuals were ringed with these rings. The ringing is conducted at 

On Skadar Lake, the ringing of Dalmatian pelicans had been performed ever since 1970’s, when this species was still largely unknown to science. Intensive researches of Dalmatian pelican throughout the world had brought to Skadar Lake a well known pelican expert, dr Alain Crivelli, who is still in charge of the international pelican ringing scheme. In collaboration with, at the time the only Montenegrin ornithologist Ondrej Vizi, started the ringing program which used colored researchers’ rings. Following the practice to mark birds with unique ring type for each locality, the rings used on Skadar Lake were oval PVC open rings, blue with white markings from K001 to K100. Until 2010, about forty young individuals were ringed with these rings. The ringing is conducted at the breeding colonies, when the chicks are large enough to bear a ring, but still flightless, and thus easy to catch. The research rings are designed for quick and easy placement, and do not affect the normal bird’s activities.
After a long break, when the ringing was not conducted due to very sensitive state of pelican breeding population, which was several times completely destroyed by the floods, eight new chicks were ringed on April 11, 2016. For the selection of optimal timing for colony visit, invaluable aid was the video monitoring system which was placed at the colony by Museum’s ornithologists in 2014. Hence, the successful collaboration with colleagues from Greece and Albania was continued: the most recent finding of pelican from Skadar Lake, ringed in 2009 was reported in Amvrakikos lagoon in Greece, and we also recorded the individual ringed in 2003 in Karavasta reserve in Albania.

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