Clap Nets†

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This is one of my collection of trapping photos, showing the use of Clap Nets in the USA in 1944.  Although Mist nets are more commonly used by bird banders, this type is also an establish part of the toolkit.

The text on the photographs explains how they were used:

“Many types of traps hate been devised for the purpose of capturing birds to be banded. This one is known as a clap-net. The mesh is supported by bamboo rods which rise from sockets in the operator‘s belt. A flock of small birds has been discovered in the nearby trees. The net is held in position while two or three persons surround the area and try to drive the birds toward the net. When the birds fly against the net it closes around them and they become entangled.”