What has the monitoring of occupied territories of Egyptian vultures in Bulgaria and Greece showed in 2015

25.06.2015
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The result of the monitoring in Bulgaria has brought good news to the team of "The Return of the Neophron". The number of occupied territories is 28, as 27 of them are occupied by pairs – with 3 pairs more than the last year (two new pairs in North Bulgaria and one in the Eastern Rhodopes).

Besides the increased numbers of pairs, this year we have also observed an increment of immature birds. The immature birds are important to the health and stability of the population - they represent a „reserve" of free individuals in case of loss of one of the birds in the breeding couples.

One of the new pairs in Northern Bulgaria is in the Rusenski Lom Nature Park where last year left only one bird. Now it has formed a couple with a young partner, and although the birds are not breading, they give us the hope that this species has not yet disappeared from Lomovete. They are a subject to regular monitoring, supplementary feeding and guarding (joint activities with the Park Directorate). The new bird is a vulture with a yellow ring 36L, which is hatched in the same area in 2010. The other pair in Northern Bulgaria is also subject to regular care by the project’s team. One of the birds in that pair is the vulture B28 ringed in 2008 in the Eastern Rhodopes, which has now found a new partner and has taken a new territory.

The results of this year's monitoring are rather a phenomenon than a trend but taken together with the higher productivity last year, they definitely give a ray of hope for the species in the country and for the efforts for its preservation.

Ten occupied territories are registered in Greece. Five of them are in Thrace occupied by five couples - three in Dadia, one in Kompsatos, and one in Nea Santa. Four of the other five areas are inhabited by four couples – three in Meteora and one in Mt Menoikio (Serres), whereas in the fifth one – in the area of Paramythia – only one single adult bird has been observed. This means there are three less active territories than last year, although the number of pairs remains the same.

Photo: Dimitris Vavylis/ HOS
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