Cape Vulture- Tag 017 as a malnourished fledgling being rehabilitated at Vulpro
Tag 017 is a very exciting vulture to monitor, not only is this vulture tagged but was fitted with a satellite tracking device as well. This vulture is one of our most exciting global travellers, giving us spectacular movements which we have mapped, the story is even more special as this vulture started off life as a malnourished fledgling which VulPro rescued and rehabilitated at the centre, prior to release.
Update 2nd September 2016
Here is the latest update from our vulture Tag 017. This range map is a composite from the 26th of July 2016 to the 30th of August 2016 showing movements into Mozambique and then back into Zimbabwe, where he seems to be content foraging.
Update 9th September 2016
Update 22nd September 2016
Our “voyager miles” Cape Vulture Tag 017 is now foraging in the Kruger National Park. For those of you who follow our work and are visiting KNP, please keep an eye out for him and get pictures if possible! We would love to be able to post photos taken by some of our loyal supporters.
Update 30 November 2016
Cape 017 has not moved far from Kruger National Park over the last few months. He ranged west outside of the park for a few days, but then returned. Just in the last few days he has moved north into Zimbabwe. His GPS unit recorded him at the same location for over 24 hours, prompting us to send a search party…. GPS units have alerted us to poisoning incidences before, and we feared the worst for our friend. Concerned colleagues in Zimbabwe jumped into action and looked for him in South Gonarezhou National Park. They did not see him directly, but an arial survey found a buffalo carcass where birds were feeding! The next day his GPS device recorded him on the wing again moving further north-east.
Update 26 January 2017
He has decided to leave Kruger NP and we have been anxiously awaiting his return to VulPro. However, he had other plans in mind. Upon leaving the Park in December (purple dots, see map below), he flew quickly west, but well north of Vulpro, and settled in the region between Zeerust and Lichtenburg. He has been foraging in the area all of January (green dots). Through this bird’s tracking device data and several others, we have identified this area as a vulture hot spot. However, we also know from our power line surveys and rehabilitation work that power lines pose a very real threat to birds in the region. We wish him the best of luck and we are always keeping a watchful eye, thanks to the GPS.