Cable tie on petrel

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Alan Tennyson
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Cable tie on petrel

Postby Alan Tennyson » Sun May 15, 2022 8:32 pm

I picked up a rotten white-chinned petrel at Otaki yesterday that had a cable tie on its leg. The cable tie didn't seem to have caused any obvious physical damage to the bird. I'm wondering why someone would have done this?
White-chinned petrel Otaki 14 May 2022 photo A.Tennyson P1140786.jpg
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Ian McLean
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Re: Cable tie on petrel

Postby Ian McLean » Mon May 16, 2022 8:30 pm

Hello Alan
That's very unusual to see & I cannot imagine why someone would attach the cable tie to it !
Unfortunately, there is sometimes a bit of a sadistic element in the behaviour of some people & I have seen pictures of sparrowhawks snared with cable ties. There is also sometimes an element of vanity with people painting & tying balloons or streamers to live birds. Attached is a picture of a collared dove from Katikati, where someone has often trapped these wild doves & then paints them for their pleasure. Complete animal cruelty of course that should not be tolerated.
Cheers
Ian McLean
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lloydesler
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Re: Cable tie on petrel

Postby lloydesler » Mon May 16, 2022 9:07 pm

Could have been to mark the dead bird as having been counted on a beach patrol and left to see how long the body remains visible. It's been done before with different forms of tagging.
Alan Tennyson
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Re: Cable tie on petrel

Postby Alan Tennyson » Tue May 17, 2022 9:59 pm

I did wonder about that Lloyd but the bird was on the newest tideline, so I think that's unlikely in this case.

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