Monday, 19 August 2013
RECORD YEAR FOR RÜPPELL’S VULTURE
In May 2013 we published two simultaneous observations of Rüppell’s Vultures Gyps rueppellii) in Extremadura, one in Badajoz province and the other in Cáceres. Thanks to the collaboration of photographers we now know of two further sightings, one in June and the other in July, which means that we now have four records in 2013 (and there is still time for more!!). This is without precedent and clearly demonstrates the regular arrival of individuals in Extremadura. It is difficult to guess the numbers involved, but it must be more than we imagined, perhaps a few dozen.
The first of the photographed birds was “taken” in Villanueva del Fresno,
on 22 June 2013 by Alfonso
Pérez del Barco. It is a different individual to the one seen twice
in May, an older bird, perhaps of third or fourth calendar year. (Photo above). Badajoz
The second photo was taken on 28 June 2013 close to the rubbish tip at Mirabel, Cáceres, by David Álvarez. One of the sightings in May took place here. Although the photos taken then were of poorer quality so a direct comparison is not possible, the field notes taken suggest that two different birds are involved, with a third-year bird in May and a second-year bird (showing no signs of moult) in July (see photo above).
[NOTE: There is still lots of time! Just a few days after posting this note we have been informed of a further record, the fifth this year. Justo Manuel García saw a Rüppell’s Vulture flying alone in the Sierra de Magacela (
) on 21 August 2013. Will it be the last?] Badajoz