The latest movements of our Bearded Vultures: Jeremia, Pharaoh, InkosiYeentaka, Lehlwa, Mac, Kloutjie, Camo and Mollie and our Cape Vultures Bennie and Shuttle for the period 30 October to 5 November 2016, that are fitted with satellite transmitters and included in our monitoring program.
Lehlwa and Camo seem to have expanded their ranges a bit this week, rather unusual for both of them!
I also have good news regarding Springbok – She appears to be alive and well and has a large chick on the nest that is almost ready to fledge. Both adults were seen at the nest by our volunteer from Lesotho, Makhubu Shobana, during his visit last week. He did not see the transmitter but since the transmitter was technically sound, we can assume that it dropped off rather than failed. All transmitters are attached with a harness that is fitted with a weak link so that they drop off after a number of years. Springbok was fitted with a transmitter in 2012, so it appears that wear and tear has resulted in the transmitter dropping off after four years. Good news indeed that our breeding female is still alive and well.
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.
One of Project Vulture’s followers, Dave Marshall, was at the photography hide at the Giants’ Castle vulture restaurant yesterday (26 March 2014) and managed to get these fantastic shots of a juvenile Bearded Vulture.
When viewing his photos, the photographer discovered the vulture was wearing a satellite transmitter. He contacted the Project Vulture team and we confirmed it to be Mac, a juvenile female who has been part of the monitoring project for 2 years.
Here is Mac having her measurements taken and transmitter fitted back in 2012.
From our weekly update maps, you can see that Mac has been hanging out in the Giants’ Castle area for a while.
She was fitted with a transmitter around the same time as Lefuma, who was found killed by poisoning last month. Read his story here.