At the moment there are three Bearded Vulture eggs in the Centro de Críah of the FCQ, near Zaragoza.

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February 2014

When out of one of these eggs a chick is born, feeding starts with Bearded Vulture puppets, in dead silence, so that it never gets attached to human beings. After some weeks, when the chick is strong enough to be exposed to outside conditions, it is transported to a nest in a cage close to the Vulture feeding place in the National Park Ordesa y Monte Perdido, high up in the Pyrenees.

The chick can see his next of kin, the Bearded Vultures there behave in the freedom of the field, pruning, fighting for lumps of meat, waiting for their turn to get a bone, etc.The man or woman of the FCQ who will continue feeding the chick with puppets, struggles up the mountain with butcher’s offal and bones, and stays there several days with the chick to feed it, again without being seen or heard. Then another will walk up with new food, to relieve him or her. The relieved person will get his or her rest in the biological station Monte Perdido at Revilla. Continue reading “At the moment there are three Bearded Vulture eggs in the Centro de Críah of the FCQ, near Zaragoza.”

The first pair of Bearded Vultures after the extinction of the species 80 years ago

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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” . Continue reading “The first pair of Bearded Vultures after the extinction of the species 80 years ago”