“Balkan Green Belt” 2017 photo contest is organized by Green Balkans within a joint project implemented by the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation, Green Balkans, and EuroNatur (Germany) aimed at promoting the European Green Belt.
Recently our team has received five Griffon vultures, donated by Paris Zoo and Barcelona Zoo for the Reintroduction Program at Kresna Gorge. They are named after the donators- Barsa and Paris. The immature birds are to play a vital role to prevent poisoning of wildlife in future.
One more baby Griffon Vulture was tagged on 05.07.2017 in Kotlenska planina. Volunteers of Green Balkans and interns, participating in the “Student practices” project of the Ministry of Education and Science took part in the action.
Three vulture species in Kotel were registered together for third year in a row, at the vultures feeding side, managed by FWFF. A Black Vulture with number 88 and a transmitter, marked in Dadia (Greece), Egyptian Vulture with transmitter - named Iliaz (marked in 2012 in Eastern Rhodopes by BSPB) and some of the local Griffon Vultures appear simultaneously (see the pictures). The Black and the Egyptian Vultures were extinct from the area for decades and this year a record presence was registered - so far two different Black Vultures and at least 5 different Egyptian Vultures.
On June 15th the vulture restoration programme and the Bright Future for Black Vulture LIFE14 NAT/BG/649 Project received a young Griffon Vulture from Zoo Zlin. This is the fifth bird, hatched and raised by vultures kept at the zoo.
Thus, for the past month the project has received 4 Griffon Vultures donated this month, counting the three young birds granted by Barcelona Zoo on June 1st.
The observations of the Griffon Vultures in the Vrachanski Balkan NP for the first half of June 2017 show that there are eight nesting pairs in the area. There are chicks in all eight nests and all the parents are very careful and attentive in feeding and protecting them from sun, rain and predators (mostly Ravens). There are six nests in the Northern parts of the Park and two other nests in the Eastern sections. There are some 40-50 Griffon Vultures in the area at present. In addition to the birds tagged and released within the project, there are also vultures originating from Kresna Gorge and Serbia and also various non-tagged juvenile birds.