AOS has the great pleasure of announcing four new and exciting records regarding the recovery of the Egyptian Vulture (𝘕𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘯 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘯𝘰𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘶𝘴) in Albania:
- The observation of a pair in the upstream of the Vjosa River, a territory once occupied by a single individual. AOS experts were able to monitor up close the new individual, and managed to get a picture from local caretakers who have detected the pair flying around that area in early July 2020.
- The observation of a pair flying in a previously occupied territory. Future observations will confirm whether this is a case of territory reoccupation or the birds have come from a neighboring area.
- The observation of an Egyptian Vulture individual in an unreported territory during the last 10 years, reaching thus the excellent number of 11 occupied territories in Albania in 2020,
- The first pictures for this season of the first offspring of a breeding pair in one of the territories situated in the “Global Important Bird Areas of Gjirokastra”.
Despite the positive news coming from Vjosa Valley this season, the Egyptian Vulture remains an endangered species in Albania and elsewhere. Collisions with power lines, indirect poisoning, persecution, and habitat degradation are some of its most prominent threats.
The second monitoring for this season in the Drinos Valley was conducted by a joint team of AOS experts and members of the local conservation club. The following field trips will help confirm the aforementioned reports.
Until then, let’s hope for a successful conclusion of the breeding season of the Egyptian Vulture in Albania!
This activity was carried out under the frames of the LIFE+ project “Egyptian vulture New LIFE” (LIFE16 NAT/BG/000874).