California condor chick fed by its father


This video from the USA says about itself:

Male Condor Feeds Chick From Cliff’s Edge! – Aug. 12, 2019

Check out this balancing act when male condor #262 arrives to feed his begging chick from the edge of the nesting cave. This new camera angle really puts into perspective how remote these cliffside condor nests can be!

Watch live at www.allaboutbirds.org/condors

This condor nest, known as the Pole Canyon nest, is located in a remote canyon near the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge. The parents of the chick in the Pole Canyon nest are mom #563 and dad #262. Dad #262 was laid in 2001 and was the first viable egg laid in the wild since the reintroduction program began. He was actually one of two eggs laid to a trio (male #100 and females #111 and #108) but was brought into captivity to ensure proper incubation. He hatched at the Los Angeles Zoo and was released back to the wild a year later in 2002. Mom #563 hatched at the Oregon Zoo in 2010. This is their first nesting attempt together, but both have nested previously with mates who are now deceased. A single egg was laid in this nesting cavity, and the chick hatched on April 10, 2019.

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Zoo-born vultures freed in Sardinia


This 25 June 2019 video is about three young griffon vultures. They grew up, cared for by same sex parents and injured wings parents, in the big vulture aviary in Artis zoo in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

They were brought to Sardinia island in Italy. After a stay in a local aviary to get used to the change, they were freed on 25 June 2019.

Probably, they will join a local flock, like the Artis-born vultures freed there last year did. They have GPS trackers on, so researchers can study where they go, like the other griffon vultures freed last year.

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.

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: