Another ringed “Bulgarian” Egyptian vultures observed this time in Greece

27.08.2012
Siblings with age anomaly/Photo: Ivaylo Angelov

A couple of weeks ago we informed you about an observation of one of our Egyptian vultures in Turkey. On the 21st of August young Egyptian vulture with a yellow plastic ring and code KOT was observed at the feeding station in Dadia Soufli Lefkimi Forest National Park in Greece. Then on the 22nd of August in the same place another Egyptian vulture with a yellow plastic ring and code 36N was detected. The Egyptian vultures are regular visitors of the Dadia feeding station, with the largest concentration being pre-migratory and occurring from August to mid September. The highest number ever recorded at the Dadia feeding station was 48 individuals in 1988. Both birds were ringed in 2010 as juveniles in their nests in the Eastern Rhodopes. The first one (KOT) hatched and grew with its younger sibling in a nest near Madzharovo. This year the same pair raised Svetlina, who was tagged with satellite transmitter and has very important role in showing us Egyptian vulture’s migration routes and winter grounds. The other bird (36N) is the older of two siblings raised by a pair in Ivaylovgrad Municipality. An interesting anomaly in siblings’ age was observed. Despite our worries that the younger (335) has problems in growth and development, both birds fledged successfully under their parents’ care. This is the first observation of our young friends since they left Bulgaria 2 years ago and it proves that they are still alive and have survived despite all threats that this endangered species face. We wish them good luck and safe trip to Africa.
Each color ring has a unique identification number which gives us the opportunity to study the life and destiny of the last Egyptian vultures on the Balkans. We will receive valuable information for their migration and wanderings and will give us answers of very important questions for their mortality, life duration, changes of the partners, how they choose breeding sites and many others.


For more information:
Vladimir Dobrev
Conservation Officer
Mobile phone: 0878 599 381
vladimir.dobrev@bspb.org


Theodora Skartsi
WWF Greece
d.skartsi@wwf.gr

36N near Dadia feeding station (WWF/Giacomo Biasi)
KOT after ringing in 2010/Photo: Volen Arkumarev
KOT two years later at the Dadia feeding station (WWF/Jose Rodriguez)
Back
Useful information
Where is B14?

Where is B14?

The breeding performance of the Egyptian Vulture population in Bulgaria is among the highest in Europe

The breeding performance of the Egyptian Vulture population in Bulgaria is among the highest in Europe