This spring the Balkans welcomed all six survived until now Egyptian vultures tagged with satellite transmitters within the LIFE+ project “The Return of the Neophron”. Let’s now take a look at their journeys:
Dobromir – at the end of May reached the Balkans and remained some time near the nest where he was hatched and tagged with a satellite transmitter in 2012. Then he began to wander northeastern Bulgaria (visiting the Nature Park "Rusenski Lom") and southeastern Romania (even flew over the airport of Bucharest).
Ilyaz, tagged in 2012, at late March moved from Chad and on 23 April crossed the Bosphorus. After almost four years Ilyaz returned to the Balkans for the first time, reaching the Bucharest. Then he was on a tour of southwestern Bulgaria (reaching down to Pirin mountain) and Greek Thrace (under Xanthi - Komotini - Soufli), before he returned permanently in the Eastern Rhodopes (sticking mostly to the area of Studen Klatenec).
Aoos – the adult Egyptian vulture from Albania, marked with a satellite transmitter last year, leaved Chad on March 23 and on April 18 he arrived in the Balkans. Only a week later Aoos reached his breeding territory in Albania and started to incubate. Unfortunately, his satellite transmitter stopped working, but a HOS team keeps watching the pair.
Sanie, tagged in 2013, left Chad on April 13, crossed the Dardanelles on 29 May and for the first time in three years returned to the Balkans. During the first few days Sanie made a tour of Bulgarian Thrace, then in early June she returned to her native nest. Then she took a long trip to northern Romania. In July Sanie again began travels south, crossing southwestern Bulgaria, toured the Greek Thrace region of Serres and went to Serbia (Nis), flew over Kosovo (Kamenice) and enter Macedonia (Kavadarci). Currently, she is located again in the Eastern Rhodopes.
Boris – the adult Egyptian vulture tagged with satellite transmitter last year in Bulgaria, for 20 days traveled the distance from his winter ground in Djibouti and Ethiopia to his nesting cliff in the Eastern Rhodopes. On March 20 he was one of the first Egyptian Vultures returned in Bulgaria. The partner of Boris came back only about a week after him, and now they take care of their new generation.
Jenny - the other adult Egyptian vulture tagged with satellite transmitter last year in Bulgaria, left her winter ground in Chad on 20th March but a big sandstorm in Egypt delay her for a week. Meanwhile her partner returned in early April, while Jenny crossed the Dardanelles on April 15 - a time during which he found another female. After reaching the nesting territory she was repulsed by her last year's partner and the other female. Jenny could not find a partner and began wandering around the Eastern Rhodopes. In early summer she spent some time in National Park Dadia, Greece, then returned permanently in Bulgaria and sticks mainly around the area of Studen Kladenec and Haskovo, where repeatedly visited the city dump.
Find more information about the movements of the tagged Egyptian vultures here.