The first images of Deva, who was released 4 years ago, in company of a male of 9 years old, who arrived from the Pyrenees, is proof that the first pair of Bearded Vultures has been formed in the Picos de Europa since the species became extinct, 80 years ago. This male is now nicknamed Casanova.
As Gerardo Báguena stated, director of project Life+ Red Quebrantahuesos: “We have seen them mating, we have seen one of them transporting material – wool, in this case – to a nest. We have seen both simultaneously entering a cave that could quickly become a nest, and dominate and defend together one of the best canyons of the National Park Picos de Europa” .
A superb habitat, full of wild and domestic ungulates whose remains will serve them as food, and large rock ledges for perching. This is just within 3 miles from the last known nest of this species in the Picos in 1956, and close to the artificial birds that the Foundation for the Conservation of the Bearded Vulture FCQ and the Civil Guard installed there in 2003.
It is a corner of the Cares gorge on which all hopes are concentrated for a stable population that will open up the flow of specimens to and from the Pyrenees, which is the last viable wild population of Bearded Vulture of entire Europe.
“In the coming months we can confirm that they have established a stable relationship. And next winter, 2014-2015, they could produce the first successful breeding in the National Park of this species that has been extinct during 80 years from this great mountain range the Cordillera Cantábrica” .
It would be a big step towards the recovery of the species and for the objectives of the Project Life + Red Quebrantahuesos managed by the FCQ since last September until 2018. A project co-financed by the Ministry of Environment, the governments of Asturia, Castilia – Leon and Cantabria, and of the government of Aragón that yields the specimens which are rescued from risky situations in the Pyrenees.