Please find attached (click here) the movements of our Bearded Vultures; Jeremia, Pharaoh, InkosiYeentaka, Lehlwa, Mac, Camo and Mollie and our Cape Vulture; Bennie for the past week. You will notice that we have a new Cape Vulture on the map- N207- a sub-adult bird that was rehabilitated by Ben Hoffman (Raptor Rescue) and released in the southern Drakensberg by Ben and Chris Kelly (Wildlife Act). This bird was fitted with the transmitter that was recovered from Kloutjie.
The necropsy report revealed that Kloutjie died of trauma – the type that would be expected from being shot at. X-Rays revealed a cracked skull and broken humerus. He was not poisoned and lead levels in the bone were low. We will need to schedule some awareness activities within the region to address human persecution.
You may also notice that I have updated the birds’ ages. All our Bearded Vultures are now adults, with the youngest being those caught as one year old birds in 2012.