Three black vulture chicks fly in the Pyrenees

Posted on 20/08/2013
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The three chicks born in the 2013 season have completed their development and
seem to have synchronized their departure from the nest, starting their first flights
in the second week of August.

IMG_9248Neus and Oriol chick out of the nest. © Boumort – Alinyà Team

On 6 August, the Perla and Portell chick left the nest, with 126 days of age. It is the third year that this pair is successfully breeding. Its devotion to the breeding has been exemplary since in 2010 get raised Gala, the first chick born in the reintroduction programme.


The next one to fly was the Mario and Menta chick, behind in its development and finally adopted by Neus and Oriol. Without a decisive commitment of this pioneering initiative, as it was his rescue and subsequent adoption by a first-time couple that has proven to be exemplary, this chicken could never feel the warm breeze of the Sierra de Boumort sliding between her feathers. To see him flying, with 130 days of age and a remarkable control in its movements, is perhaps the greatest reward we can get to our devotion and care regarding the colony of Boumort-Alinyà.


The most precocious one was the chick from Bruna and Corneli. When being 110 days old he left the nest, about 10 days before what it is normal in the species. Did he do it by choice or did it fall because any of the thin lateral branches where it used to perch bent? We will never know. What we can say is that the last stage has not been easy for this chick. Thanks to a thorough monitoring, we have observed a gradual disengagement from their parents in the last period of breeding. This is why it has been necessary to provide additional food to facilitate obtaining an optimal condition in the final development of this chick, which now exercises shy flights around the nest, waiting patiently for his parents visit.

Bic en cornisaBruna and corneli chicken after its first flight. © Boumort – Alinyà Team

Oriol and Neus chose one of the artificial platforms emplaced at higher altitudes, while Pearl and Portell opted this year to build their nest a few meters from the platform that had been used so far, and Bruna and Corneli continue breeding in the same natural nest that were using in previous years.

The reintrouction 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 Alinyà Natural Site staff and the rangers of the NHR of Boumort. The Estació Biològica del Pallars Jussà carries out several educational actions related to the project. REE is markedly engaged in financing the transmitters that allow us to radio track the black vultures from the project.

promoters:

Sponsors of the reintroduction project

 

 

technical advice and execution:

Sponsors of the reintroduction project

 

 

environmental education:

Environmental education

 

 

related links:

DAAM:
Buitre negro

FUNDACIÓ CATALUNYA - LA PEDRERA:
Territori i medi ambient

GREFA:
Reintroducción del buitre negro en los Pirineos

TRENCA:
Black Vulture

 

 

with the collaboration of:

Sponsors of the reintroduction project

 

 

participate by donating black vultures:

(coming from wildlife rehabilitation centres)

Sponsors of the reintroduction project

 

 

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