Griffon Vulture Webcam in Israel

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08:43 This visitor must be 2E5 (his/her beak is much lighter than J80's):
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08:43 There are no customers at the restaurant:
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09:04 Mom is about to jump:
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09:04 But on this occasion she only makes it as far as the rim:
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09:04 And now it's over to the chick and 2E5:
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09:11 The chick reaches out for 2E5's neck...:
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09:12 ... and starts to preen the visitor:
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09:22 Then 2E5 returns the favour...:
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09:23 ... and preens the nestling's coverts:
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09:23 It's all good-natured, but only up to a point:
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09:23 It looks as though 2E5 has crossed the line but the chick's aggressive posture has more to do with staying up on the rim instead of ending up down on his/her back:
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10:51 Friends again?
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10:54 The chick's offer of preening services appears somewhat threatening:
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11:03 2E5's beak is fairly light, while his/her ruff is fairly long but no longer brown; the pupil of the left eye can be identified against the iris. According to the criteria set out in: Zuberogoitia I. et al. The Flight Feather Molt of Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) and Associated Biological Consequences. Journal of Raptor Research 47 (3), 292-303, we should be looking at a bird about 5-6 years old:
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13:35 Another precious piece of bone for the nestling:
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13:35 Mom ends up on the other side of the nest; the bone ends up on the nest floor:
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13:50 Watch me jump, says the chick:
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13:50 No, this isn't going to be just another ordinary jump:
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13:50 This jump involved turning around in the air:
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13:50 The landing...:
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13:50 ... is succeeded by a series of ferocious jumps:
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13:52 Something's got the chick excited/angry:
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13:52 The feathers gradually come down:
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14:47 Dad tumbles into the nest:
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14:47 He's got make room for Mom, who's bringing a new item for the nestling (this piece of bone or perhaps cartilage looks way too large):
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14:47 As is so often the case, the gift is dropped to the floor:
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14:48 But as soon as Mom picks it up again, the chick turns around like crazy and tries to prevent Mom from taking anything away:
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14:49 Finally, the chick receives some more water:
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14:50 I find it impossible to say how large a proportion of those bone fragments supplied by Mom is actually ingested by the nestling:
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15:55 Three Egyptian vultures broke into the restaurant:
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Breaking news: the chick has fledged. Well: "left the nest" or "fallen out of the nest" seems more apt :D

16:00 The chick jumps onto the far side rim:
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16:00 Oops! The momentum carries the chick overboard:
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16:01 The chick is out of the nest:
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16:01 Dad checks the nestlings ID:
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16:10 While the chick is staying out of the box, Mom ventures out to the station:
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16:12 She's about to have company:
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16:12 Here's one:
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16:12 Make it two:
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16:13 J80 joins the fray:
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16:13 The nestling puts his/her head up :innocent:
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16:13 And now (s)he charges desperately back into the box:
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16:13 Just need to get that body weight behind me!
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16:13 Welcome back, little one :thumbs:
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16:13 No harm has been done, no injury has been sustained (hopefully):
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Flashback: adventures out of the box

16:06 The head comes up for the first time:
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16:09 What a change of perspective!
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16:11 Looking for solutions:
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:hi:
This is the short video where the chick leaves the nest

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16:13 Angry griffons at the station (Mom and J80 are the two vultures with L-shaped necks):
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16:14 J80 is particularly adventurous this afternoon:
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16:14 A confrontation between Mom and J80 looks inevitable (but their aggression is actually aimed at the two spectators on the right:
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16:15 More griffons arrive:
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16:16 Among them is J22:
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16:16 T56 is another regular:
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16:17 Enter 2E5 (in style):
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16:17 2E5's cameo starts with a rude jab in T56's back:
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16:17 Mom's still there (the leftmost bird):
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