Expedition Albania… here we go again!

14.08.2014
HOS team in search for Egyptian Vulture territories in Albania

For the third season in a row, HOS field team carried out an expedition in the southern part of Albania. This area is of particular interest as birds do not know about borders, and it is suspected that Egyptian vultures go back and forth between southern Albania and northern Epirus in Greece. Thus, birds visit one side of the border or the other alternatively to forage or even to find new territories and pairs to settle.

The Albanian population, as in the rest of the Balkans, has suffered a decrease in the past years. In the three-day long expedition, HOS team checked seven known territories, but only managed to confirm active four of them. This means that at least in this part of the country, the population has remained stable since last season.

Judging from the conversations held with locals, the use of poison baits is not as extended as in Greece and is restricted to certain areas. Nevertheless, the exact threats for the species in Albania are not well known, hence needing further investigation in order to implement the best conservation measures.

Apart from the Egyptian vultures, the team also had the chance to see in the “Land of the Eagles” several Golden eagles, Booted eagles, Buzzards, and spectacular pre-migration gatherings of Lesser Kestrel.

HOS team in search for Egyptian Vulture territories in Albania
Southern Albania landscape
Coversations with the locals, during the EV expedition in Albania
Egyptian Vultute nesting habitat in Albania
HOS team in search for Egyptian Vulture territories in Albania
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