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7 September is International Vulture Awareness Day.  Have a look at this link to learn more and show your support http://www.vultureday.org/2013/index.php

On other fronts we have a lot of news similar to that found in previous posts:

Assamo is still hanging around Adigala in Ethiopia…

http://egyptianvulturedjibouti.blogspot.co.at/

Vultures are being poisoned in large numbers in Africa…

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/08/29/elephant-poachers-poison-hundreds-of-vultures-to-evade-authorities/

The Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds are doing a lot of good things…

http://bspb.org/show/2759-33

http://bspb.org/show/2756-33

http://lifeneophron.eu/en/news-view/187.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR1aAB6o974&feature=youtu.be

Also, newly published…

Angelov, I., Yotsova, T., Sarrouf, M. & McGrady, M. J. 2013. Large increase of the Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus population on Masirah island, Oman. Sandgrouse 33: 140-152.

Happy International Vulture Awareness Day!

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The Egyptian vulture we fitted with a satellite tag this past spring has been staying in Ethiopia during early July… near the town of Adigala.  All the movements are within about 30 km of one another, and the pattern suggests to me that the abattoir or rubbish dump must be located just east of the town.  Below is a map.

Assamo's movements in early July, 2013

Assamo’s movements in early July, 2013

Some other developments from various studies of Egyptian vultures include the sighting of a color marked Egyptian vulture from Greece:

http://lifeneophron.eu/en/news-view/179.html

and there are some photos of Egyptian vultures at their nest at this link:

http://www.lifeneophron.eu/en/news-view/178.html

 

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Assamo, the Egyptian vulture we fitted with a satellite-received transmitter in March, is now in Ethiopia, and spent the whole of the second half of June there.  Very little information is available about the region, although it does seem to have some potential, though unproven, petroleum reserves.

Assamo's locations during late June 213

Assamo’s locations during late June 213

He has been moving in a fairly restricted area around the town of Adigala, not far from the Djibouti and Somalia borders.   The pattern of locations off to the south of the town parallel to a road suggest that there might be a powerline on which Assamo is roosting.  I hope he is careful and that the pylons are safe (or both).

Assam's movements around the town of Adigala, Ethiopia

Assamo’s movements around the town of Adigala, Ethiopia

 

 

 

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We have posted more information about Assamo’s movement around Djibouti.  Have a look at it here. However, I wanted to point out a pretty interesting feature of his behavior that this tracking is showing.  During most of the tracking Assamo has seemed to move from place to place in a rather random fashion, presumably looking for feeding opportunities and then taking them. During 23-28 May 2013, Assamo abandoned that strategy and seemed to become a commuter to and from what appears to be the garbage dump in the town of Ali Sabieh. He made daily trips in the early morning to the town, then mostly spent his afternoons and nights about 10 km south, just into Ethiopia.  The map below shows you what I mean.  Here is what he did:

22 May 1130 in Ali Sabieh, 1430 in Ethiopia
23 May 0530 in Ali Sabieh, 0830 in Ethiopia
24 May 0530 in Ali Sabieh, 1130 in Ethiopia
25 May 0830 in Ali Sabieh, 1430 in Ethiopia
26 May 0830 in Ali Sabieh, 1430 in Ethiopia
27 May 0830 in Ali Sabieh, 0830 in Ethiopia, 1130 back just east of Ali Sabieh, 1430 farther north
28 May 0830 in Ali Sabieh, 1130 back north of town.

Assamo's locations in Ali Sabieh (mornings) and in Ethiopia (afternoon and night)

Assamo’s locations in Ali Sabieh (mornings) and in Ethiopia (afternoon and night).

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This is just a quick note to say that Assamo, the Egyptian vulture we are tracking in the Horn of Africa made a quick excursion into Eritrea for some hours early this month.  Have a look http://egyptianvulturedjibouti.blogspot.co.at/

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First the good news… Assamo, the Egyptian vulture we are tracking in Djibouti, is still on the move and doing some interesting things.  Here is a map of his/her recent movements (Click on the map to enlarge it into a new window).

Movements by Assamo during 5-18 April

Movements by Assamo during 5-18 April

About 2 weeks ago Assamo was moving around mostly just north of the Ethiopian border, though a foray into Ethiopia was made. On the 16th of April Assamo started heading north, spent about two days near Arta, then moved farther north into northern Djibouti.  As of 18 April Assamo was about 30 km NE of where we caught her/him.  Visit the Djibouti vulture blog for more informationhttp://egyptianvulturedjibouti.blogspot.co.at/.  I have also posted a link on that site to a Google Earth kml with which you can take a closer look at Assam’s movements earlier this month.

And now the bad news…  Egyptian vultures live in a perilous world.  They face threats due to targeted and accidental poisoning, use for bushmeat and traditional medicine and magic, electrocution, collision with wind turbines, and shooting, amongst other things.  Here are two pieces of bad news:  The poisoning of an Egyptian vulture in Greece http://lifeneophron.eu/en/news-view/150.html, and the shooting of an Egyptian vulture in Sudan http://lifeneophron.eu/en/news-view/151.html

Lazarus (HOS/L. Sidiropoulos)

Lazarus, an adult Egyptian vulture poisoned in Greece, spring 2013

Satellite-tagged Egyptian vulture shot at Al Kuraynik, Darfur

Radio-tagged Egyptian vulture shot at Al Kuraynik, Darfur

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