Ohad Hatzofe of Israel Nature and Parks Authority informs us:
In the last few days you can observe three generations of Egyptian Vultures, captive born and released, in Mt Carmel:
2 birds born 2011 released in 23/01/2012
1 bird born 2013 released in 03/04/2014 (also equipped with a GPS logger, just returned from Ethiopia)
1 bird born 2015 released in 16/04/2016 (with a GPS)
Great satisfaction …
One must remember that the species had extinct from this region over 50 years ago.
Rupis - the subadult Egyptian vulture which was captured and tagged in the Douro canyon in the framework of the project LIFE Rupis last July, and that has spent the winter in the National Park Boucle du Baoulé in western Mali – has arrived back home, after having flown more than 3800km in 15 days.
Rupis stayed all winter in Mali, and started its migration northwards on the 3rd April, By the 8th he had already crossed most of the Sahara desert through Mauritania, and on the 14th he reached Ceuta on the Mediterranean shores of Morocco – he then crossed the Gibraltar straits the following day and in two days reached the Douro area.
The LPO-PACA publishes news of Salomé, a female Egyptian Vulture, released, after cares, with a GPS transmitter in Vaucluse. On her migration route towards Spain, the meteorological conditions have been harsh and the bird was caught very weak in the Montauban area. It was cured in the veterinarian school of Toulouse, then in the Hegalaldia centre in Aquitaine.
The survey of the Egyptian vultures breeding in the transboundary Douro canyon started last week, with staff from the ICNF, the Portuguese nature conservation agency, and from Arribes del Duero Natural Parks surveying a section of the cliffs from the river. They reported that all birds are now on their breeding territories, although the breeding season seems to be a bit delayed, because of the unseasonal cold that affected that part of the Iberian Peninsula in the end of March.
Recently colleagues working in the project LIFE RUPIS were alerted by a local inhabitant to a strange occurrence – a dead Egyptian vulture that “had fallen dead from the sky” after a fight with another raptor. The witness is a reliable acquaintance, and a quick investigation on the spot have discounted the possibility of a poisoning incident.
The BSPB (Bulgarian Societey for the Protection of Birds) website publishes a study on the mortality of the Egyptian Vultures monitored by telemetry as part of the Life Return of Neophron project.
Since 2010 28 birds have been tracked by GPS tag. At the end of 2016 21 juveniles out of 23 died as well as 2 adults out of 5.
The VCF website informs us of the creation of a canine anti poison brigade in Portugal. The dogs used are two Belgian Mallinois sheeps dogs, each one with their own police trainer, and will be deployed soon in the area of the project, that includes the Special Protection Zone of the International Douro and the Rio Águeda Valley.
Large avian scavengers are among the most vulnerable vertebrates, and many of their populations have declined severely in recent decades. To help mitigate this marked reduction in abundance, supplementary feeding stations (SFS; colloquially termed “vulture restaurants”) have been created worldwide, often without consideration of the scientific evidence supporting the suitability of the practice.
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