Proving that saving an endangered species is no easy job…
Last year while trying to access Bearded Vulture nests high in the mountains to recover the ‘second eggs’ so vital for the Bearded Vulture Recovery Program, the helicopter the crew were in landed badly and crashed on the snowy top of a peak.
Thankfully no one was seriously injured, but the egg recoveries were abandoned for that season, setting the program back a year.
A recently published paper on the productivity of the southern African Bearded Vulture population.
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Attached for your interest is a paper published online this past week on post fledging dispersal. This paper is based on the movements of our tagged chicks Ikloba (tagged in 2008), Linong (2008) and Wandervogel (2010).
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The movements of our Bearded Vultures: Jeremia, Springbok, Pharaoh, InkosiYeentaka, Lehlwa, Mac, Kloutjie, Camo and Mollie and our Cape Vulture Bennie for the week 10-17 July 2016, that are fitted with satellite transmitters and included in our monitoring program.
Unfortunately it appears that based on the nest camera footage, our birds are not planning to nest this year. Meet the vultures included in the project
Continue reading Satellite Tracked Vulture Movements 10 – 17 July 2016
The first photos of the season of our nest with cameras in. Thanks to funds provided by Marriott, the equipment has been upgraded at the site and a second camera has been added to the alternate nest that is on the same cliff face. As at 27 May 2016 there is no sign that eggs have been laid yet, although the birds have been seen in the area. Lets hold thumbs that one of the nests are used this year!
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The latest movements of our Bearded Vultures: Jeremia, Springbok, Pharaoh, InkosiYeentaka, Lehlwa, Mac, Kloutjie, Camo and Mollie; and our Cape Vultures: Bennie, Traveller and Shuttle for the past week (12-19 December 2015), that are fitted with satellite transmitters and included in our monitoring program
Mac seems to have been very active this week and I saw Kloutjie feeding at Giants Castle Vulture Hide mid-week. Meet the vultures included in the project
Continue reading Satellite Tracked Vulture Movements 12 – 19 December 2015