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

Posted on 22/09/2015

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.

 

 

The three black vulture chicks born in 2015 have been marked

Posted on 09/08/2015

On July 22, the last chick of black vulture of the season, the third born in the colony of the catalonian pre-pyrenees has been marked.

 

 Mediacal review of a balck vulture chick © Boumort-Alinyà work team

Mediacal review of a balck vulture chick © Boumort-Alinyà work team

Born between May 1-5, with approximately 75-80 days of age and with 6,5kg of weight the day of the marking, is the fruit of the union of the couple between Coma and Quasimodo.

 

 Capture of a chick of this season © Boumort-Alinyà work team

Capture of a chick of this season © Boumort-Alinyà work team

This last chick is the first of the second generation in the pre-pyrenean colony, a fact that makes us very happy to all entities that are involved in this great project .

 

 Marking operation of a chick of black vulture © Boumort-Alinyà work team

Marking operation of a chick of black vulture © Boumort-Alinyà work team

It was on June 24 when we proceeded to the marking of the first two chicks. In the first place, we proceeded to the marking of the chick that had been born on March 30, fruit of the couple formed by Perla and Portell. This couple is the first couple who grew up in the pre-pyrenees colony, and this is the fourth chick that they breed successfully. This new chick was marked with 87 days of age and with 7.1 kg. of weight.

And after him, it was the turn of the chick of Mario and Menta, born on april 4 and marked with 77 days of age and 6.7 kg. weight.

 

 Distinctive marc © Boumort-Alinyà work team

Distinctive marc © Boumort-Alinyà work team

In these operation works works collaborated Victor Garcia Matarranz (MAGRAMA), the rural agents of the Generalitat de Catalunya specialized in work at height, the rangers of the National Hunting Reserve of Boumort and the staff of Trenca, GREFA and the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera.

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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 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.

The second generation of black vulture of the pre-Pyrenees is already here!

Posted on 14/07/2015

The first chick of the second generation of the pre-Pyrenees colony is the fruit of the union of an french exogenous vulture and a vulture born in the catalonian colony.

 

Black vulture in Boumort. ©  Boumort-Alinyà Team

Black vulture in Boumort. © Boumort-Alinyà Team

News like this congratulated us because confirms one of the objectives of the project to achieve a connection between the French and iberian colonies and, on the other hand, confirms the healthy state of our colony.

Thanks to the monitoring undertaken by field technicians Gerard Plana (Trenca) and Émilie Delepoulle (Grefa) we could see that the couple formed by Coma, born in Boumort (Catalonia) in 2012, and Quasimodo, born in Grandes Causes (France) in the same year, frequented alternatively the different supply points in the area; a fact that made us think about the possibility that the couple was incubating somewhere in the National Hunting Reserve of Boumort.

 

Quasimodo. © Boumort-Alinyà Team

Quasimodo. © Boumort-Alinyà Team

It was, at the beginning of week, and against all odds, when the field technician of Trenca, Gerard Plana,  localized the nest with the french vulture (Quasimodo) and the chick.

The birth of this chick is a great success in this project because it was only 8 years of the first releases in the National Hunting Reserve of Boumort. It is so interesting too because the male born in France as the female born in the pre-pyrenees catalan, are adults of 4th year, too young to reproduce.

 

Coma. ©Boumort-Alinyà Team

Coma. ©Boumort-Alinyà Team

In this way, in the year 2015 have been formed 12 couples, 10 of them began to incubate with the result of 5 chicks.  3 of these chicks have come forward, as well as in 2014, a fact that make us look ahead with optimism and enthusiasm!

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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 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.

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.

TRO, The pirate black vulture

Posted on 09/04/2015

TRO, the one-eyed male of fierce and haughty character, as if it were a pirate of legend, appeared drowned in a reservoir more than 10 km from the point of release.

 


 

He spend half life  entered in the center of GREFA. And we had hoped that the other half would it release, together with other black vultures of Pyrenean colony.

But he had no such fortune.

Four months had passed since he came out of the crate. During that time he had attached a quiet area, with good visibility, where watched the go and come from their peers. Some crossed long, but others stopped next to him and shared even the feast that we provide you from time to time.

He was slowly working out flight techniques. Progress was slow, but unstoppable. In mid-February he began making timid lifts and we already imagined it in one of the feeders in the area for the vultures, completely independent of our efforts.

The latest generation GPS-GSM device , funded by REE, had stopped issuing after his release. The solar battery to recharge, need that the bird is in flight or keep the wings open long. And he remained too much time for recharge to be effective.

That is why our surprise was when the issuer commanded suddenly a position, on the shore of the reservoir of Talarn, away from their usual place.

The corpse of TRO was found by Gerard Plana ,rocked by waves and partially submerged.

To the point we notify to Jordi Pont, from the patrol antivenom of Rurals Agents of Lleida, to collect the body following the protocol of action in such cases.

Necropsy performed on the CR of Vallcallent by the veterinary chief, Olga Nicholas, and the head of the Department of veterinary medicine of GREFA, Fernando González, displaced by the way from Madrid, did not offer any reliable clues. Shooting, or signs of shock or severe trauma. The stomach was empty. Extracted samples for subsequent clinical and toxicological analyses.

The specimen showed an excellent body condition.

Then…

What could happen to TRO so it could precipitate in mid-flight over the water?

To this day, it is a complete mystery.

Mario Alvarez/Emilie Delepoulle/flat/Aleix Gérard Millet

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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 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.

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The first pairs of black vulture begin to incubate

Posted on 18/02/2015
Black vulture.© Boumort-Alinyà work team

Black vulture.© Boumort-Alinyà work team

Four of the eight pairs of black vultures in the colony of the catalonian pre-Pyrenees are already incubating. It has been during the last days of January and the first of February when we have been able to witness the first incubations of these couples.

Olga and Alex and Perla and Portel have been the first to break the ice and decided to bring a new life to this natural world. These two couples already gave us two chickens last year: Pan, fruit of the union between Olga and Aleix , and Roc, fruit of the union between Perla and Portel. While Olga and Alex have decided to refurbish the nest of the previous year, Pearl and Portel have opted to change their location and build their new nest in a new place.

Olga and Aleix.©Boumort-Alinyà work team

Olga and Aleix.©Boumort-Alinyà work team

 

Perla and Portel.© Boumort-Alinyà work team

Perla and Portel.© Boumort-Alinyà work team

To these two couples are just add other two, Oriol and Pessonada and Mario and Menta, which had just been made to incubate. Bruna and Corneli, like Perla and Portel, Oriol and Pessonada and Mario and Menta, have decided not to use the nest of 2014 and have been relocated to new enclaves, toiling in the packaging of the same.

To the remaining three couples, (Muga and Neo, Ibex and Ares, Modesto and Gallarda) they still looks very relaxing doing appearances together in the food points.

Black vulture.© Boumort-Alinyà work team

Black vulture.© 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 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.

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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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