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!
Exciting news: The NestCam at the Bearded Vulture nest recorded two birds preparing the nest on the 8th of June.
The pair of Bearded Vultures bred last year and an egg was laid in mid June. The chick was raised and fledged successfully, so we are all holding thumbs that it will be another successful breeding season for them this year.
An operation was launched on the 17th of April to upgrade the equipment at the nest site to improve the quality of the images and increase the field of view. The project was primarily sponsored by Marriott (www.marriott.co.za) through the efforts of Olivia Taylor (http://www.fourelementsconservation.org/), with additional funding raised by Mark McTaggart and Clive Cowie through a trail run (https://www.facebook.com/groups/774525872628726). EnviroVision Solutions (www.evsolutions.biz) provided all the technical support with Alan McKenzie (EnviroVision Solutions) and Charl Brummer (KZN Wildlife) doing the onsite installations. Lets hope that the vultures will use the same nest for this breeding season!
Please find attached the movements of our 10 Bearded Vultures: Jeremia, Springbok, Pharaoh, Inkosi Yeentaka, Wandervogel, Lehlwa, Mac, Kloutjie, Camo, Mollie; and our Cape Vultures: Bennie, Traveller and Shuttle, that are fitted with satellite transmitters and included in our monitoring program
Bearded Vulture Nestcam
Exciting News! Our Bearded Vulture NestCam project is up and running, with some action evident…..