Meteora’s feeding site – the “place to be” for the Egyptian Vultures in the area!

09.06.2016

EV at Meteora's feeding site

We have mentioned many times that Meteora is one of the last strongholds of the Egyptian Vulture in Greece. It has always been an important area for the species and it's for this reason that a feeding site was built in 2001. The site operated for several years, but was closed due to limited resources. The LIFE Project "The Return of the Neophron" provided the chance to reopen it in 2013 for the benefit of the species. Every week, during the breeding season, HOS field staff members supply around 30-50 kg of meat.

At the beginning, Egyptian Vultures seemed quite shy and visited the site only occasionally. It has only been this spring when the birds seem to have got over their initial diffidence and now the area's last three surviving individuals can be seen at the feeding site practically every day! They visit not only to feed but also to collect wool for their nest and some "socializing", quite a difficult feat taking into account the extremely few individuals that remain... Thanks to the trap cameras we have placed in the feeding site, we have photographs of some of these magic moments giving us an insight into the private lives of these incredible birds.

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