New online camera and photo traps will connect us with the life of the Egyptian vultures

28.03.2019



A new online camera will transmit directly from the wild nest of the Egyptian vulture pair from Provadia, Bulgaria. The previous camera, which has been connecting us with the live of the endangered birds for six years, was replaced by a new one.
 

A team of the LIFE project “Egyptian vulture new LIFE” installed the new HD camera in the nesting niche. To reduce the disturbance by the camera to a minimum the team has disguised the device with pebbles from the rocks. At the moment, the Egyptian vulture pair has headed for the long and dangerous migration from Africa to its breeding ground. We strongly hope that both birds will successfully return and will occupy the same nesting niche.
 

The same team also installed ten photo traps in Egyptian vultures’ nests in the Eastern Rhodopes, the site with the highest density of nesting Egyptian vultures on the Balkans. The installation of the photo traps requires a good knowledge of the ecology and the biology of the species, altitude skills, rappelling, climbing, as well as to be a little handy in terms of good masking of the devices.
 

Such devices give us useful information about the diet and the behavior of the species. They help us to make the right decisions when implementing direct conservation activities, like feeding, as well as provide us information about the ecology and the biology of the species. We are witnessing the construction of the nest, laying eggs, chicks hatching and feeding. Photos from photo traps help us to study the characteristic scars of the faces of the vultures. Thus we can identify individual birds and determine whether the birds from the pair are the same as before or one of the partners is new. Photo traps are activated by movement and take a picture every 30 seconds.
 

Last but not least, technologies such as online video cameras connect people with the secret life of the birds; provoke interest and commitment to the globally endangered species - one of the most important factors for its preservation.
 

The camera for online observing of Egyptian vultures’ nest is the only of its kind in the world and will start broadcasting with the arrival of the pair on the project website www.LifeNeophron.eu.
 

We are very grateful to the mobile operator A1, who provides direct power supply to the camera, Miroslav Mihailov for the maintenance of the system and Antonia Kalcheva for the provided internet connection and server.

 

The LIFE project "Egyptian Vulture New LIFE (LIFE16 NAT/BG/000874) brings together institutions and organizations from 14 countries spanning the Balkans, Middle East and Africa and is implemented with the financial support of the EU LIFE Programme. The Coordinating Beneficiary is the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds / BirdLife Bulgaria (BSPB). Associated Beneficiaries are:  Hellenic Ornithological Society / BirdLife Greece (HOS),  WWF Greece, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds / BirdLife UK (RSPB), Doğa Derneği / BirdLife Turkey (DD), regional offices of BirdLife International in Africa and Middle East, A.P. Leventis Ornithological and Research Institute (APLORI), CMS Raptors MoU, Green Balkans.

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