Groshko, the Egyptian Vulture saved [ 2011-09-13 10:37:24 ]


During the previous month a juvenile Egyptian Vulture from “Rusenski Lom” Nature park was tagged with satellite transmitter:


The juvenile which is one from the only two chicks in two nests, hatched in the Park this year was named Groshko. On August 31st Groshko made its first flight out of the nest but was observed for last time at 20:20 on 1st of September settled for roosting in the nest. His parents stayed in the area two more days but finally abandoned the area and only the male bird appeared for a few hours days later. The sun-light powered transmitter, still haven’t charged enough to send signal, because the breeding niche, where the nestling spend most time was too shady. The behavior of the adult birds didn’t suggest that the juvenile might be still alive.

On September 8th we conducted a detailed search in the nesting area to search for the remains of the bird. For our biggest surprise, Groshko was found alive in the tree crown in a forested area along the river, 300 m. away from the nesting cliff. Starved, exhausted and weakened from the week spend without food, he still showed strong spirit and will to survive. Probably in the early morning of 2nd of September he flew into the tree’s crown and could not fly away and reach an open area or cliffs. His instinct didn’t let him go on the ground where he would be threatened by ground carnivores. After falling on the crown of the tree his parents couldn’t help him or stimulate him to fly away, neither to feed him.

After finding Groshko we intended to take him back to the nest and close the nest with a net while feeding him for about 10 days to recover strength and then release him. Unfortunately it turned out that his tail was badly damaged. A previous stressful period in the bird’s life caused the appearance of big fault bar on every tail feather at one and the same length during the feathers growth period. There is a possibility that the feathers could likely get broken in a subsequent period and then the damaged tail can influence Groshko’s survival. That’s why we decided not to risk and in the late night of 8th of September we transported Groshko to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre of Green Balkans in Stara Zagora. There he was recovered by the exhausting period and examined professionally. We hope that he could be released back in the wild nature!