Please find attached (Click here) the movements of our Bearded Vultures; Jeremia, Pharaoh, Lehlwa and Mollie and our Cape Vultures; Bennie and N207, for the past week.
News of Inkosi is that sofar the autopsy has not revealed any obvious signs of death. Poisoning is suspected but we await the test results. A team of Bearded Vulture Task Force members spent some time at Inkosi’s nest but unfortunately did not see any sign of a nestling or Inkosis partner, therefore the breeding success of this pair remains inconclusive. Fortunately a flight over the area surrounding the location where Inkosi was found did not reveal further carcasses. Thanks to Pilot Donovan Barton-Hobbs and observer Dean Ricketts for their survey. They did notice that based on her location data, Inkosi had been feeding at a few informal feeding sites/vulture restaurants.
Our nestling has finally fledged- see attached a sequence of photos- last meal with mom, exercising the wings, peering over the edge, last minute selfie and then an empty nest. Hopefully we will catch it roosting on the nest again so that we can confirm that all is well.