The pairs of black vulture of the Catalonian Pyrenees are ready!

Posted on 11/04/2017

The breeding season in the Pyrenees has begun with 14 pairs formed and 11 of them incubating.

 

A pair of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) in their nest of Boumort Reserve (Lleida) in 2017 breeding season. © RPBVC

A pair of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) in their nest of Boumort Reserve (Lleida) in 2017 breeding season. © RPBVC

A year more, ten years from the beginning of the project, the Catalonian Pyrenees colony of  black vulture (placed in National Hunting Reserve of Boumort) has been launched. It was at the end o january when the pairs started breeding and we hope that knew chicks will born in the next days of april.

A female of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) of the catalonian colony with her chick in the nest. © RPBVC.

A female of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) of the catalonian colony with her chick in the nest. © RPBVC.

Fourteen pairs have begun breeding in this 2017 season, but, as usual in the breeding process of black vulture, not all the pairs do it succesfully, not even experienced pairs. In this way, only eight of them continue in the breeding process. It is not discarded the possibility of some of the pairs who have no succes in the process start breeding again like the recently three pairs formed.

In this season, and as has happened in last seasons, not all the pairs with experience breed succesfully. In 2017, eight pairs of black vulture have experience (five of them breed succesfully a chick in last seasons) and another three have lack of experience. On of this three is breeding, in spite of it has been recently formed.

 

Now we only have to wait the births in the next month and dream of overcoming the record number of the last year with more than 6 chicks birth and flow!

 

A black vulture (Aegypius monachus) flying around catalonian Pyrenees. © RPBVC.

A black vulture (Aegypius monachus) flying around catalonian Pyrenees. © RPBVC.

 

The reintroduction project of the Black Vulture in the Pyrenees is promoted by the Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural de la Generalitat de Catalunya. GREFA and Trenca are involved in the assisment and implementation of the Project, together with the staff of the NHR of Boumort. Obra Social “La Caixa” (with the support of Generalitat de Catalunya) and REE participate in a remarkable manner to the financing of the project.

To learn more about the project, you can visit the section Reintroduction of the black vulture (Aegypius monachus) in the Pyrenees in this same web page.

 

‘Trasgu’, a black vulture killed by a gun shot

Posted on 20/01/2017

The necropsy carried out in the Recovery Center of Vallcalent (Lleida) confirmed that ‘Trasgu’ had died as a result of a shot of a firearm.

 

Foto 1 Trasgu 2

Unfortunately for the project of Reintroduction of the Black Vulture in the Pyrenees, it is not the first time that things like this have happened; other two individuals of the project have been shooting in the area of Organyà. One of them with the result of death and the other one disabled for life in freedom.

This time also, there has been a hunter without conscience the author of the death of ‘Trasgu’, an illegal hunter.

Foto 2 Trasgu 2

The gps marked a fixed position, and when the project technicians came to the indicated point only could see the worst of our wishes: ‘Trasgu’s body lay dead with clear signs of having been shot.

‘Trasgu’

‘Trasgu’, was a individual who came from Asturias, as a result of dispersive movements of an young exemplary. In 2013, and after recovering process in Infiesto (Asturias) and GREFA (Madrid), was released in the catalan Pyrenees.

With the death of ‘Trasgu’ the objective that the species return to breed on the mountain of Alinyà is complicated. This individual was already fixed and we were hoping that it should breed soon.

This facts sadden us deeply and makes us conscious of major threats of the most fragile wildlife. but encourages us more in a work that we consider fundamental for the conservation of species which, like the black vulture, need so ambitious conservation programs.

‘Trasgu’ flying after being released. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

‘Trasgu’ flying after being released. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

To learn more about the project, you can visit the section Reintroduction of the black vulture (Aegypius monachus) in the Pyrenees in Trenca’s web page.

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The reintroduction project of the Black Vulture in the Pyrenees is promoted by the Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural de la Generalitat de Catalunya and by the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera. GREFA and Trenca are involved in the assisment and implementation of the Project, toghether with the staff of the Espai Natura Muntanya d’Alinyà and the NHR of Boumort. Obra Social “La Caixa” (with the support of Generalitat de Catalunya) and REE participate in a remarkable manner to the financing of the project.

The last two chicks of the season 2016 are now flying!

Posted on 30/09/2016

The last two chicks for this season of the colony of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) of the Pyrenees have already taken off. These last  two chicks are now flying around the Catalonian pre-Pyrenees with other four chicks from the colony in this 2016.

 

The chick of “Ibex” and “Ares” rest in the nest. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

The chick of “Ibex” and “Ares” rest in the nest. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

The chick from “Lorena” and “Quasimodo” started flying with 115 days of age, a bit early as usual. This individual is flying not so far from his nest, always with the supervision of his parents. He is gradually realizing longer flights, exploring his new territory inside and in the surroundings of the National Hunting Reserve of Boumort.

 

An expert technician of Magrama (Spanish Goverment) leave the chick of “Ibex” and “Ares” in the nest after marking him. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

An expert technician of Magrama (Spanish Goverment) leave the chick of “Ibex” and “Ares” in the nest after marking him. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

The chick of “Ibex” and “Ares” have been the last chick of taken off in this season. With 125 days of ages he was the first chick of this couple in the Catalonian pre-Pyrennes colony. We hope they fiilled us with happiness the next years!

 

Beautifull foreground of the chick of “Ibex” and “Ares”. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

Beautifull foreground of the chick of “Ibex” and “Ares”. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

In his first flights , he has to managed to survive from the attacks of a young golden eagle (Aquila Chrysaetos) who has tried to prove his strenght. Fortunately the parents of the chick appeared to resolve the problem. This is incident is part of a training period of a young black vulture (Aegypius  monachus) that will help him to mature and grow.

 

Amazing year

 The year 2016 has been an amazing year to the breeding colony of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) of the Catalonian pre-Pyrenees. Six chicks have been born and flown in this season, a fact without precedents in this kind of projects.

From the beginning, only three chickens had been born each season. These good news are the result of the good condition of the project and the result of a great work done by all the entities. it is important to remember that 18 chickens have been born in the colony from the beginning of the project in the year 2010.

 

Black vulture (Aegypius monachus) flying around the Catalonian pre-Pyrenees.© Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

Black vulture (Aegypius monachus) flying around the Catalonian pre-Pyrenees.© Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

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The reintroduction project of the Black Vulture in the Pyrenees is promoted by the Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural de la Generalitat de Catalunya and by the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera. GREFA and Trenca are involved in the assisment and implementation of the Project, toghether with the staff of the Espai Natura Muntanya d’Alinyà and the NHR of Boumort. Obra Social “La Caixa” (with the support of Generalitat de Catalunya) and REE participate in a remarkable manner to the financing of the project.

 

Record year in the colony of black vulture in the pre-Pyrenees

Posted on 29/08/2016

This year has been a year with an unprecedented succés in regards to the reproduction of the Black Vulture in Boumort (pre-Pyrenees of Lleida) with six chicks.

 

Black vulture (Aegypius monachus) of the colony of Catalonian pre-Pyrenees. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team

Black vulture (Aegypius monachus) of the colony of Catalonian pre-Pyrenees. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team

After the loss of three black vultures that were couple at end of 2015, the colony has managed to make 10 incubations, the same as the previous year. But the good news are that this year six chicks survive and are waiting to start flying in a few days.

We have crossed the line that we had no able to cross in previus years with only three chicks.

 

One of the chicks of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) of the 2016 season.© Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

One of the chicks of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) of the 2016 season.© Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

In 2016 the chicks have been growing up under the care of their parents. All of them are in very good health conditions and they have been marked with GPS/GSM emisors and  with PVC and metalic rings to monitoring them. This marking operations have been carried out in diferents days after chicks have reached the 80-90 days of age and the expert of MAGRAMA (Spanish Goverment)  could operated in safety conditions for the chicks. In marking operations they also colaborated the ngo TRENCA and GREFA, NHR of Boumort and the Forest Rangers of the Catalonian Goverment.

The recovery of the pairs of vultures in such a short time in this 2016 season is a result of the good health of the Project. The increase of vultures of outside of the colony and the fixation of a breeding french pair (Montenegro and Pline) to the colony are another exit of the Proyect and a very good news to the future of this. This french couple was the first pair to incubate a chick who was marked in july with 84 days of age.

 

Medical checkout of a chick of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) of this season. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

Medical checkout of a chick of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) of this season. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

After this first marking , with 2-3 week between diferents markings, three chicks of Menta and Mario, Oriol and Pessonada and Perla and Portel were marked. All of them are experimented couples in the colony. During de breeding time ,Perla was missing, a very especial female because she was the first vulture to breed a chich in the Catalonian pre-Pyrenees colony (2010). The male (Porte) have been working so hard to take care about the chick with succés!.

The las two marked chicks , are sons of two pairs formed by an individual for the proyect and a exogenous individual: Ibex( ibèric exogenous withourt marks) pair of Ares (released in Alinyà) and Quasimodo (french exogenous) pair of Lorena (released in Boumort). All of them are inexperienced breeding pairs except of Quasimodo who had a chick the previous year with the missing female Coma.

 

Marking operations of the las chick born in the wild of this season in Catalonian pre-Pyrenees.© Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

Marking operations of the las chick born in the wild of this season in Catalonian pre-Pyrenees.© Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

Now we only have to wait to the next days for see the new chicks of this season start flying to becoming more and more independent!.

 

A black vulture (Aegypius monachus) flying around the Catalonian Pyrenees. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

A black vulture (Aegypius monachus) flying around the Catalonian Pyrenees. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

 

 

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The reintroduction project of the Black Vulture in the Pyrenees is promoted by the Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural de la Generalitat de Catalunya and by the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera. GREFA and Trenca are involved in the assisment and implementation of the Project, toghether with the staff of the Espai Natura Muntanya d’Alinyà and the NHR of Boumort. Obra Social “La Caixa” (with the support of Generalitat de Catalunya) and REE participate in a remarkable manner to the financing of the project.

 

 

The last gift of Perla

Posted on 19/07/2016

Born in 2005 Perla has been our most valued female inside the Catalonian pre-Pyrenees colony. She is one of the first females who were liberated in 2007 (to the beginning of the project of reintroduction of the black vulture in the Pyrenees) and she has managed to bring forward  4 chicks!

 

An individual of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) flying around the catalonian pre-Pyrenees. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

An individual of black vulture (Aegypius monachus) flying around the catalonian pre-Pyrenees. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

In 2010 she had its first chick, a milestone in the project as the first chick born in the Catalonian pre-Pyrennes colony. But this first chick, baptized with the name of Gala, was only the beginning of a prolific offspring that continued in 2012, 2013 and 2015 with three chicks more. All of them are still part of the colony today.

 

’Perla’ in a Supplementary Feeding Point (SFP) in the Pyrenees of Lleida. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

’Perla’ in a Supplementary Feeding Point (SFP) in the Pyrenees of Lleida. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team.

It was one of her chicks, born in 2012 and with the name of Coma, which in 2015 gave us another great news!. She gave birth to a new  chick, the first chick from the second generation of the pre-Pyrenees colony!

But during June Perla was disappeared, but not before giving us a last gift: a chick with 40 days of age and who  since then would depend exclusively on his single parent (Portell).

Portell is striving to care for and feed the chick, visiting constantly the supplementary feeding  points and trying to be the maximum possible time in the nest to protect it. Currently the chick has more tan 70 days of age!

From the whole team of the project we want to be grateful to Perla for its magnificent behavior during these years and we hope other specimens follow the lead of this magnificent animal!

 

A black vulture flying so high that seems to be near to the moon..© Boumort-Alinyà work team

A black vulture flying so high that seems to be near to the moon..© Boumort-Alinyà work team

To see the video of Portell taking care about his chick visit: https://youtu.be/8nUoXNF5VB0

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The reintroduction project of the Black Vulture in the Pyrenees is promoted by the Departament d’Agricultura, Ramaderia, Pesca, Alimentació i Medi Natural de la Generalitat de Catalunya and by the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera. GREFA and Trenca are involved in the assisment and implementation of the Project, toghether with the staff of the Espai Natura Muntanya d’Alinyà and the NHR of Boumort. Obra Social “La Caixa” (with the support of Generalitat de Catalunya) and REE participate in a remarkable manner to the financing of the project.

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related links:

DAAM:
Buitre negro

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Territori i medi ambient

GREFA:
Reintroducción del buitre negro en los Pirineos

TRENCA:
Black Vulture

 

 

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