The bad news is that we have not heard from the Egyptian vulture since 4 October 2017, when it was at the Tahwa Landfill south of Sur. We are still hopeful that it will turn up, but hope seems to be fading.
The good news is that during field work in Oman in January we were able to fit transmitters to 13 Egyptian vultures (and what appears to be a hybrid Greater spotted-spotted eagle). Because of this I have created a blog solely for the Steppe eagles we have been tracking. You can visit that blog by clicking here.
|Sultan Qaboos University Environmental Studies students helped fitting satellite transmitters to vultures. Photo: M. McGrady|
Working at the main municipal landfill at Al Multaquaa (aka New Al Amerat), we managed to catch 12 adult and one 2 year old Egyptian vultures and fit them with GPS tags. The work was done under permits from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Affairs, and the access permission of Be'ah, the national waste management company. Six of the tags were provided by the Bernd Meyburg Foundation for Raptor Research and Conservation, and Dr. Meyburg himself was in the field (Dr Meyburg has probably fitted more satellite to more eagles from the most species of anyone in the world). One tag was from the Vulture Conservation Foundation. The Environment Society of Oman (ESO), the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association and Faisal Al Lamki all provided additional support.
|Dr B. Meyburg with a adult Egyptian vulture. Photo: M. McGrady|
In coming posts I will report on interesting events and keep you up to date, but with so many birds I will not be able to give details about all birds all the time. For now, have a look at the map below, which shows what the birds did in January. The different symbols refer to different types of tags.
|Movements during January 2018 of 13 Egyptian vultures fitted with GPS tags|