California condor chick fed by father


This video from the USA says about itself:

Dad Returns To Feed Chick, 9/20/2017, Devil’s Gate Condor Nest

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

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. Thanks for watching!

This condor nest, known as the Devil’s Gate nest, is located in the Los Padres National Forest, near Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge. The parents of the chick in the Devil’s Gate nest are mom #513 and dad #206. Dad #206 hatched at the Los Angeles Zoo in 1999 and mom #513 hatched at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise Idaho in 2009. This is their third nesting attempt together but they have yet to successfully fledge a chick.

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Vultures in Zambia news


This video is about vultures and hyenas at a buffalo kill in Zambia in 2014.

From BirdLife:

12 Sep 2017

BirdWatch Zambia collects data about vulture movements

By Chaona Phiri

In July 2016, BirdWatch Zambia (BirdLife Partner in Zambia) embarked on a project to establish safe feeding and roosting areas for vultures – known as Vulture Safe Zones. This was accomplished through partnership and dialogue with farm owners to influence farm management practices, to protect and allow vultures to thrive in these farmland areas.

With funding from BirdLife International, BirdWatch Zambia (BWZ) was able to conduct population surveys covering 73000 hectares and 475km of transects within and around Chisamba, an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA). The surveys that were first conducted in December 2016 and repeated in June 2017, recorded well over 1300 vultures, specifically 3 species; the White-backed Vulture, Hooded Vulture and Lappet-faced Vulture.

To date, approximately 35000 hectares of private farmland is a safe feeding area for vultures through influencing farm management practices in and around Chisamba IBA. Furthermore, additional funding has been secured from the Isdell Family Foundation targeting 20000 hectares between Chisamba and Kafue Flats IBAs (Blue Lagoon and Lochinvar national parks) so that a safe feeding corridor is created from the protected area where these birds are most likely breeding.

From 10–16 August 2017, BWZ conducted ground nest surveys on the Kafue Flats IBA, a wetland surrounded by seasonally flooded savanna woodlands and flat-topped Acacia species. An average nest density of 7nests/km² in a survey of 9000km² was recorded. Results showed that the nesting habitat was not continuous but fragmented with the largest fragment covering about 2500km². At least 50 active vulture nests (49 White-backed vulture and 1 Lappet-faced vulture) were found. The Kafue flats which is about 85km away from the Chisamba vulture safe zone appears to be a key site for breeding vultures. BWZ hopes to secure funding for aerial surveys in the future to compliment the information gathered from ground surveys.

In addition to conducting ground surveys, Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) and satellite tracking units were put on one Hooded Vulture and 2 White-backed Vultures in Chisamba. Wing tags were also put on these birds to track their movement.

Hooded vultures in Gambia


This video, recorded in Gambia, says about itself:

31 August 2017

Hooded Vulture is listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN red list. It is the only member of the genus Necrosyrtes and is native to sub-Saharan Africa. It is a scruffy-looking, small vulture with dark brown plumage, a long thin bill, bare crown, face and fore-neck, and a downy nape and hind-neck. It typically scavenges on carcasses. Although this is a common species, numbers of these birds are decreasing rapidly.

The video shows a cattle egret as well.

I was privileged to see both species while in Gambia.

California condor chick fed by its father


This video from the USA says about itself:

Male Condor #206 Arrives For Long Feeding Event – August 20, 2017

Watch highlights of a nearly 15-minute-long feeding session for condor chick #871. The visit starts with a flashy entrance by the adult male #206 and is complete with everything you’d expect from a condor feeding event: plenty of wing-begging, grunting, regurgitation, and head rubbing!

Watch Live 24/7, with highlights and news updates, at

http://allaboutbirds.org/condors

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.

Thanks for watching!

About the Nest

This condor nest, known as the Devil’s Gate nest, is located in the Los Padres National Forest, near Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge. The parents of the chick in the Devil’s Gate nest are mom #513 and dad #206. Dad #206 hatched at the Los Angeles Zoo in 1999 and mom #513 hatched at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise Idaho in 2009. This is their third nesting attempt together but they have yet to successfully fledge a chick.

In 2003, Northern California’s Yurok Tribe initiated efforts to reintroduce California condors on their lands. While wild condors have not existed in the region for more than a hundred years, a new study suggests that hunters transitioning from lead to non-lead ammunition may allow these apex scavengers to succeed there once again: here.

Wild California condor visits man who saved it


This video from the USA says about itself:

Large condor regularly visits man who saved its life as a baby

13 June 2017

The condor was nursed back to health by the man after the bird fell from his mother’s nest as a baby.

And the condor clearly didn’t forget his rescuer, as video footage shows the pair greeting each other with hugs and one big warm embrace, after the condor returned.

After being rescued, the condor – the largest bird in North America – was then able to learn how to fly and return to normal life.

It is not unusual for the condor to fly back and visit its rescuer, and according to locals the bird is said to return to visit the man fairly frequently.

Young California condor prepares for flying


This video from California in the USA says about itself:

Active Condor Chick Flaps Wings and Nibbles Plant – July 6, 2017

Watch the Devil’s Gate condor chick exercise its wings atop a rock and nibble on the stem of a nearby plant. As chicks gets older, they spend more time exercising. Watch for more wing flapping, leaping about, and capturing and carrying away objects found around the nest.

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

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.

Thanks for watching!

About the Nest

This condor nest, known as the Devil’s Gate nest, is located in the Los Padres National Forest, near Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge. The parents of the chick in the Devil’s Gate nest are mom #513 and dad #206. Dad #206 hatched at the Los Angeles Zoo in 1999 and mom #513 hatched at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise Idaho in 2009. This is their third nesting attempt together but they have yet to successfully fledge a chick.