Broadcasting live from the nest of the endangered Egyptian vulture

02.07.2018

Everyone can easily observe live exciting moments from the life of the endangered Egyptian vultures and their dedicated care for their young chicks. This is a unique opportunity to access such a rare species through the capabilities of modern technology.

The website www.LifeNeophron.eu  for the seventh consecutive year broadcasts the parental care of pair Egyptian vultures from the Provadiisko and Royaksko Plateau Special Protection Area, Bulgaria, thanks to a camera installed in 2012. Since then, every year this camera allows us to observe the life of this rare species and to become witnesses to the hatching and the first flight of a total of 9 young birds. This year the pair started incubation very late - at the end of April, so the babies hatched only a few days ago. Usually, chicks hatch in early June.

The camera for online observing of wild Egyptian vultures’ nest is the only of its kind in the world. It was installed by the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds  team and was well camouflaged so that it resembles to the rock and do not disturb the vultures. During these seven years thanks to the camera we gathered valuable information for the behavior and feeding of these world endangered birds, which is needed for their better conservation. We gathered enormous video material used in the creation of the film "The life of the Egyptian vulture".

Every year the news about the arrival of the pair, laying their first egg and hatching of the chicks, enjoyed great interest from the people not only in Bulgaria but from all over the world. The website www.LifeNeophron.eu  gathered 60 000 visitors form 180 countries. The attention and the interest of the people, their concerns about the future of the Egyptian Vulture, are important for its conservation.

The BSPB team will continue to provide regular information about the famous pair within the new LIFE project "Egyptian Vulture New LIFE", which brings together institutions and organizations from 14 countries spanning the Balkans, Middle East and Africa.

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