The first Egyptian Vulture hatched in the nest under video observation

01.06.2012
Juvenile Egyptian Vulture (S. Spasov)

The first Egyptian Vulture hatched in the nest under video observation within the frames of the project “The Return of the Neophron”. With this, a new hope rises for the drastically decreased Balkan population of the species. The story of the newly hatched Egyptian Vulture begins with the return of its parents from Africa. The pair started to breed on a rock in Northern Bulgaria almost immediately after its arrival on the breeding territory.  The egg was laid 41 days ago. During the period of the territory occupancy and laying, the pair and its nest were monitored and guarded by BSPB experts. The whole project team is extremely happy from the event and strongly wishes to the Egyptian Vulture hatchling an efficient and long life. It is expected that soon the second egg in the same nest will hatch.
See the video of the first day of the Egyptian Vulture hatchling
So far for this year, 29 occupied breeding territories of Egyptian Vultures were recorded (3 territories less than 2011). That is why, the survival of every single egg, hatchling or a juvenile Egyptian Vulture is extremely important for the conservation of this gorgeous but unfortunately rear species in our country.
The Egyptian Vulture is a globally threatened species, protected by the law. The last breeding pairs in Bulgaria are subject of special measures of research and conservation on behalf of the BSPB.
The project „The Return of the Neophron” (LIFE10 NAT/BG/000152) aims to prevent extinction of the globally threatened Egyptian Vulture from Bulgaria and Greece. The project is implemented from 4 partners from 3 countries: BSPB / BirdLife Bulgaria; HOS / BirdLife Greece, WWF Greece and RSPB / BirdLife Britain. The project is funded by the LIFE+ programme of the  European Commission and the „A. G. Leventis“ foundation.
 
For more information:

Vladimir Dobrev
Conservation Officer for Bulgaria
Mobile: 0878 599 381
vladimir.dobrev@bspb.org

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