We tagged 5 Egyptian vultures with satellite transmitters03.08.2012
From 27 July to 2 August 2012 the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds put satellite transmitters on 5 small Egyptian vulture. Three of the juveniles are located in the Southern Bulgaria and the other two - in the North Bulgaria. The names of birds are Svetlina, Arda Iliaz, Volen and Dobromir. Thanks to the satellite transmitters we will be able to trace their migration flyways and to learn more about the dangers they have to face along the way. The tagging was made by LIFE + project "The Return of the Neophron."
In one of the nests we braodcasted live the entering of the BSPB experts in the nest. All visitors of the project site LifeNeophron.eu witnessed the capture of the juveniles and then the return of the young Egyptian vultures back in the nest. The two juveniles can be observed on line. They are expected to make its first flight in mid-August. At the moment the birds set out to Africa, their way will be monitored through satellite transmitters on the project website.
The weight of the transmitters is 45 grams, which is about 3% of the total weight of the bird, so as not to interfere their normal life and flight. The colors of the devices comply with their feathers, so as not to be seen and not attract the attention of malevolent people.
Besides putting satellite transmitters, BSPB took biological samples to determine the health status of the new generation Egyptian vultures. For performing the procedures and the entry into the nests BSPB was authorized by the Ministry of Environment and Water and the local RIEW.
The first satellite transmitter on the project was placed on an adult bird in central Greece. We will put 4 more satellite transmitters this year on 2 adults and 2 young birds in Greece.