Rare cinereous vulture in the Netherlands

This video says about itself:

Cinereous Vulture – Aegypius monachus – Monniksgier / Schriek – Belgium / 8 May 2019

The bird was born in the wild, of unknown origin, and was rescued from malnutrition in the province of Palencia, in northern Spain. After recovering, it was ceded to the Monachus Project for reintroduction in the province of Burgos. Here the bird has gone through an acclimatization phase in the facilities for 9 months, and was released with 15 other black vultures on October 7, 2018.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Above the Drenthe province nature reserve De Onlanden, a cinereous vulture, very rare for the Netherlands, was seen. The bird flew west of Eelderwolde, RTV Drenthe reports.

The cinereous vulture, with a wingspan of 2.5 to 3 meters, is the largest bird of prey in Europe; worldwide only the condor is bigger. The species is only found in Europe in mountainous areas such as Spain and Greece. The animal species had not been seen in the Netherlands since 2005. …

There are still around 2000 couples in Europe, which makes the animal rare but not threatened. A reintroduction program is underway in France and Spain.

Second bird

Remarkably enough, a cinereous vulture travelled through the Netherlands earlier this month, but as far as is known, no one observed it. This bird, called Brínzola and equipped with a transmitter, travelled in a few weeks from the Pyrenees via the south of our country to the south of Norway, a journey of more than 3000 kilometres.

Bird lovers think that this bird species may be seen more often to the north in the coming years, because wandering visitors are exploring now that the population is increasing.

Incidentally, things ended badly for the individual that landed here in 2005 in the Oostvaardersplassen. ‘Carmen‘ flew against a train …; possibly she could not fly well because she was moulting. The animal was stuffed by Naturalis museum.


Young California condor greets returning parent

This 22 May 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Flappy Condor Chick Greets Adult’s Return | California Condor Cam — Pole Canyon

Watch a one-month-old condor chick flap its wing nubs at the sight of its parent’s return to the nest cavity.

California condors, video

This 12 March 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

The California condor is the biggest flying bird in North America, a title that it has held since the Late Pleistocene Epoch. It’s just one example of an organism that we share the planet with today that seems lost in time, out of place in our world.

Vultures from Amsterdam zoo freed

This 10 January 2018 video from Artis zoo in Amsterdam in the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

Today two young griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus) are going from ARTIS to Sardinia to be released in the wild later this year. The birds hatched in April and May last year in ARTIS. One young bird was cared for by a same-sex male griffon vulture couple. The other vulture is the offspring of two vultures who had been injured in the wild in Spain and – after having partially recovered – were admitted to ARTIS.

On 18 January 2019, Artis zoo reported (translated):

Early in the morning yesterday three young griffon vultures from ARTIS were transported to Sardinia. Here the vultures will get used to their new environment, before they will fly free later this year.

Road traffic victims successfully raise chicks

The young vultures hatched in ARTIS last spring. Three of the six parent vultures are from Spain and were unable to live in the wild due to a traffic accident. In ARTIS they were taken care of, recovered and they could form couples with other griffon vultures. The chicks that they have raised will be freed again in the wild. In this way they contribute to the conservation of the griffon vulture in Europe.

Black vultures, mates for life

This 30 November 2018 video from Florida in the USA says about itself:

Black Vulture couple spends some quality time behind the Backyard. You can tell by the twinkle in their eyes they are deeply in love. They are monogamous and mate for life but don’t build traditional nests in trees. Another lovely couple is here:

To to see a pair actually mating (Rated R) check out here:

Young California condor fledges, videos

This video from California in the USA says about itself:

California Condor Family Spreads Their Wings In The Sun – Oct. 14, 2018

The family that suns together stays together! Watch the California Condors spread their wings in succession after the sun peeked through the clouds in Hutton’s Bowl. Sunbathing may serve primarily to dry feathers prior to flight, but researchers suggest it may also aid in thermoregulation and reduction of feather deformations.

The California Condor cam is a collaboration between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Watch Live 24/7, with highlights and news updates, at http://allaboutbirds.org/condors

This video says about itself:

All Three Condors Take Off In Succession in Hutton’s Bowl – Oct. 14, 2018

Enjoy this family moment from the California Condor cam when the condors take off over the canyon one after another in Hutton’s Bowl. Fledgling #923 follows his parents’ lead with a steady flight after mom (wearing yellow tag #289) and dad (wearing blue tag #374) flap their enormous wings and fly out of view of the camera.