Photo and notes from Arni Stinnissen
Arni Stinnissen captured an image of this Great Egret on the evening of April 29 near the intersection of Highway 6 and Little Pike Bay Road. He noticed the bird was banded and when he processed the image on his computer, he could see the banding code and sent the information to www.reportband.gov. Very quickly, he received a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Canadian Wildlife Service for reporting the banding information which is important for studying the movement, survival and behavior of birds.
The Great Egret was originally banded on June 15, 2009 when it was just a chick on Chantry Island which is 40 km south of where this photo was taken, as the Egret flies. The photo below shows an enlarged view of the leg bands.