How did the Pyrenean black vultures celebrated the Day of Vultures?

Posted on 22/09/2015
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The 5th of September 2015, the International Day of the Vultures, the last remaining chick from this seasons breeding of Black Vulture in the Pyrenees, jumped out of the nest

 

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‘Fuentes’ and ‘Pilar’ females, born in ‘Los Hornos’, the Junta de Extremadura’s rescue centre located in Sierra de Fuentes (Caceres) and in GREFA (Wildlife recovery and captivity breeding centre) located in Majadahonda, Madrid. In their pyrenean hacking before jumping out of the nest. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team

 

Flying!.  That’s how, and we celebrated with them. There was a good reason to celebrate, that same day, the 5th of September 2015, the International Day of the Vultures, the last remaining chick from this seasons breeding of Black Vulture in the Pyrenees, jumped out of the nest and joined the other four that had already done so in previous dates. A magnificent show of achievement and improvement! And, at the same time, a very symbolic gift for us on this special day.

 

From the five chicks, three were born to the Pyrenean colony (Boumort-Alinva) while the other two were part a the breed in captivity program. All together they are 4 females and a male, helping to solve the imbalance that existed in the colony.

We invite you to keep reading to get to know each of the new individuals.

The first one who took the courage to jumped out of its nest was Menta’s and Mario’s chick (Roi), the 14th of August when he was 128 days old. The only male of the season and after four attempts the couple’s first successful chick, what makes it an even greater event.

One they after, Creueta jumped, Perla’s and Portell’s daughter, the most successful couple in the Pyrenees’ colony. She was 139 days old. Even if she delayed her jump more than what we are use to, she show great strength by flying out on the valley with the rest of the colony for a week before returning to her birthplace to her parents, who,  they must have been very worried as us.

 

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‘Roi’ male in a pine near to the nest with an emisor. Menta’s and Mario’s chick, the first voltor negre who jumped out this season. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team

 

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Beautifull view of ‘creueta’ flying in the surroundings of her nest. Perla’s and Portell’s daughter, the most successful couple in the Pyrenees’ colony. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team

 

The third was Fuentes, a female born in ‘Los Hornos’, the Junta de Extremadura’s rescue centre located in Sierra de Fuentes (Caceres). She was placed in an artificial nest (hacking) so she would develop in similar conditions to her wild companions. She flew out of the hacking on the 28th of August with 110 days.

On the 3rd of September a bird called Pilar jumped out of the hacking when she was 113 days old. She was born last spring in GREFA (Wildlife recovery and captivity breeding centre) located in Majadahonda, Madrid. Both Fuentes and Pilar share the same hacking, where they kept each other company. Now both must overcome the hardship of the wild life without parents. But not fear, as their adoptive parents will help them with any difficult situation they might find on the way. Both GREFA and TRENCA work together continuously monitoring their progress.

 

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‘Fuentes’ below hacking, after jumped out of the nest, and ‘Pilar’, exercising in the same installation. © Boumort-Alinyà work-team

 

And last, but not least, on the 5th of September Raiera jumped out. Coma’s and Quasimodo’s daughter was 124 days old at the time. What makes this case extremely moving is that the parents themselves are subadults, on their 4th year! Incredibly early for a Black Vulture to breed. On top of that, this is a mix couple as Quasimodo was born in France in 2012 in the Grands Causses’ colony (France) and Coma was born the same year but in the Pyrenees’ colony. We couldn’t  ask for a sweeter, most precious way of finishing the season!

 

Every chick born in Boumort or in captivity has been mark with GPS system by MAGRAMA which have been funded by REE as the rest of the transmitters in the proyect. Thanks to them we can have a rigorous monitoring and control which able us to avoid any deadly setback in this vital first flights.

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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.

 

 

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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