Update from the Egyptian vultures’ nest in Provadia


It has become tradition every spring for tha last six years to look closely at the Egyptian Vulture pair's nest in which a BSPB team installed a camera in 2012 for online observing. This year also, our team has done our best to bring the camera back to the website of the LIFE Project "The Return of the Neophron." Unfortunatelly, for the first time we will not observe the hatching of fledglings in June.

The Egyptian Vulture family successfully returned in April, prepared the nest and started incubation. Despite the regular supplementary feeding and monitoring of the pair, about two weeks before the expected date of hatching, the birds began to get up of the eggs and gradually abandoned them. We could speculate that the cause of failure is barren eggs. However, in certain parts of the day birds are still in the nest and can be seen through the camera on the project website www.LifeNeophron.eu.

The camera for online observing of wild Egyptian vultures’ nest is the only of its kind in the world. It was installed by the BSPB team and was well camouflaged so that it resembles to the rock and do not disturb the vultures. Over the last 5 years this camera allowed 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 (2 juveniles in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016, and 1 in 2015).

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" and will also benefit to other popular science films and the media. Every year the news about the arrival of the pair, laying their first egg and hatching of the chick, enjoyed great interest from the media and people. In these periods the project site www.LifeNeophron.eu gathered most visitors, who wanted to look at the Egyptian vultures’ nest through the site – only for a week the site was visited by 7,000 people from over 70 countries around the world (generally after the camera was installed in 2012, the site was visited by more than 60,000 people from over 180 countries).

LIFE+ project The Return of the Neophron, Egyptian vulture, camera, Provadia