Two Griffon Vultures came back to the Balkan Mountains after a journey to the Eastern Rhodopes
[ 10.04.2012 ]
B19 hatched in the French Zoo de Doue back in 2007. The bird was marked with a blue wing-tag bearing an orange “10” and was accommodated in the vulture adaptation aviary in Kotlenska Stara planina. It was released in 2009 and during its vagrancy was seen in Kresna, Eastern Rhodopes, Sinite kamani and Kotel. B19 left the area of the Eastern Balkan Mountains in October 2011 and was spotted in a group of wintering Griffon Vultures in the Eastern Rhodopes in February 2012 (Marin Kurtev, BSPB).
With the end of the winter, our “10” returned to its “natal” site – the release aviary near Kotel and then also visited the aviary at Sliven. What is even better – the vulture is not alone; it is followed by an adult, non-marked Griffon.
We do hope that this romance grows into a stable relationship resulting in the first nest in the Balkan Mountains for a long, long time.
The spring also brought yet another castaway – K0H. This is a male, which hatched in the Jerez Zoo, Spain, in 2009. This bird was released within the Vultures Return in Bulgaria LIFE08 NAT/BG/278 Project from the aviary in Kotlenska Stara planina. This winter the vulture was also seen at the only natural Griffon Vulture colony in the Eastern Rhodopes (Marin Kurtev, BSPB). Fortunately, spring brought him back to his old-fellows, released from the adaptation aviary in the Eastern Balkans.
The team of the Vultures Return in Bulgaria Project hopes that these two vultures prove the potential of the methodology with releasing young birds, which, despite migrating to the South during the winter and their wandering period, can be expected to return to their release sites.
For more information contact:
Emilian Stoynov – Regional Coordinator Kotel - firstname.lastname@example.org
Elena Kmetova - Project Coordinator - +359 885219557, email@example.com