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21 July 2009 18:00
flightless geese are herded in a pen from netting
we caught as planned 21 non-breeders
putting geese in boxes
In the beginning of July, non-breeding geese started moult. We catch this group of flightless birds
by pushing them from a distance towards the net. The geese are kept in this pen to empty their intestines.
After two hours, the geese are put into boxes to be processed.
geese on my lap
cloacal sexing, searching for a penis
measuring the growing longest feather
The long black feathers from the wing have fallen off the bird. During moult the geese grow new flight feathers simultaneously.
Here you can see the short wings, which are still unable to carry the bird in flight.
turning the goose
writing down all figures
repeating numbers aloud
oebele is learning
swabs for testing avian influenza
looking for the blood vessel
interest from China
making a blood smear for differential white blood cell count
blood stored for analysis
Oebele made a short video of the team processing the geese.