The first Egyptian vulture chick hatched in the nest of the world-famous pair of Egyptian vultures from Provadia, Bulgaria. Everyone can watch online the care of the devoted parents at the website www.LifeNeophron.eu.
For 9 years thousands of people from over 140 countries have witnessed the secret life of the endangered species. So far, the family has successfully raised a total of 14 juveniles.
Currently, both birds take turns lying on the newly hatched chick and carrying food. For more than 10 years, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) has been monitoring the family life of the secret birds through installed trail cameras in nests of the species in the Eastern Rhodopes. The data shows that the males invest more efforts in the nest building while the females have a more important role during the incubation. Furthermore, both sexes have the same importance when it comes to food deliveries and raising chicks. However, both sexes play a crucial role and complement one another, saying that both the male and the female are equal, compensating one another to keep the balance.
Collaborators of the LIFE project “Egyptian vulture New LIFE” regularly provide them with sufficient quantities of safe food to minimize the risk of poisoning or lack of enough food to feed the babies. Every summer they watch over the young birds in the most vulnerable period for them – that of the first flight.
BSPB has launched a fundraising campaign to protect the nests of the species in the Eastern Rhodopes. Each year the amount needed to organize the initiative is BGN 2,000. You can support the “Guardians of the Egyptian vulture” by donating through Platformata.bg or through a BSPB bank account. Details about the campaign in Bulgarian can be found here.
The nest guarding minimizes the risk of disturbance, poaching and accidents during the first flights of the juveniles. Since 2013, thanks to the indispensable help of the guardians, 5 birds have been rescued and more than 100 birds have successfully left their nests.