A bird-watcher and photographer is stirring debate with his collection of birds captured in ornithologists’ mist nets.
Todd R Forsgren travelled the world capturing the sometimes jarring images.
The birds are unharmed during the process, with the nets being set up solely for biologists to study them. They are measured, aged, sexed and banded with anklets before being released into back into the wild.
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Unsettling: All the birds caught in mist nets are released unharmed
“Here, the birds inhabit a fascinating space between our framework of the bush and the hand.
“It is a fragile and embarrassing moment before they disappear back into the woods, and into data…”
The intimacy of seeing the bird in this unnatural state and position can make for an unsettling viewing experience.
“But I hope that, as they consider this moment more carefully, they’ll come to understand and appreciate the valuable information that biologists can collect using these techniques.”
Of 620,997 captures the percentage of incidents of injury amounting to 0.59% while only 0.23% of captures resulted in mortality.