Griffon Vulture Webcam in Israel

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Re: Griffon Vulture Webcam in Israel

Post by Marbzy » June 7th, 2020, 1:11 am

14:01 Dad stops feeding the little one and turns around
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14:02 What a coincidence!
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14:02 The parents accompany the chick in tandem for 40 seconds
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Post by Marbzy » June 7th, 2020, 1:13 am

14:05 Mom serves the main course, presumably
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14:06 No, Mom, don't stop!
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14:07 Mom gets airborne
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Post by Marbzy » June 7th, 2020, 1:20 am

14:08 That's a surprise. Barely a minute after Mom's departure, the chick receives a visit from T53. The visit starts with a single violent jab at the chick's back, following which T53 is mainly occupied with him-/herself
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14:09 The visitor is soon off to the left-hand section of the ledge and does not come back
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15:42 Coping with the heat
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Post by Marbzy » June 7th, 2020, 1:39 am

17:15 The chick's mandibles are apart to handle the temperature (close to 35 degrees Celsius officially, but with no access to shade for several hours it must feel way hotter out there)
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And that's the last I got to see of the chick at daytime.

23:21 Good night
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:hi:Polly. Griffons are certainly sociable (YT videos taken at the Hai-Bar Carmel feeding station in northern Israel are a great illustration), but other members of this colony are not really on friendly terms with the chick - otherwise the parents (as long as they are near enough to see what's happening on the ledge) would not see it necessary to chase away visitors. Of course, I'm not always lucky enough to observe parental interventions and hardly ever able to document them, but there have been at least a few in the past week. I guess it's too early to talk about acceptance.

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Post by Marbzy » June 8th, 2020, 1:19 am

7 June

01:57 Sleeping on the floor, again
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At 8 am and at 1 pm the camera is focused on the Egyptian vulture nest

13:02 The elder Egyptian chick is growing feathers
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15:03 Here's the true protagonist and it looks as though (s)he has been presented with a new conundrum
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Post by Marbzy » June 8th, 2020, 1:24 am

15:05 It looks as though the chick is picking up food from the ground
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15:07 Not all of the food can be seen
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Unfortunately, I can't be completely certain that it's really food (what else though?). Assuming it is food, it would have been provided in all likelihood by a parent. This in turn would mean that the chick is being told that the days of beak-to-beak feeding are nearly over...

15:18 Heat is back
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Post by Marbzy » June 8th, 2020, 1:27 am

16:28 No, the griffon does not look too comfortable
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17:08 There's got to be some griffon activity in chick's sight
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17:09 The chick's grunting shrieks are occasionally reflected off the wall
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Post by Marbzy » June 8th, 2020, 1:31 am

17:11 From time to time the chick shakes his/her body as if another griffon were about to decend onto the ledge
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17:31 But here is the only visit I witnessed today
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17:32 Unlike the other day, the chick decides to ignore the Egyptian
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Post by Marbzy » June 8th, 2020, 1:32 am

17:33 Then the Egyptian ignores the chick and flies away - the chick's all alone again
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Post by Marbzy » June 8th, 2020, 1:36 am

18:18 The heat seems to have relented, but no changes are forecast for the coming week
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18:54 Official daytime temperatures will creep up to 35 degrees
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19:34 Nighttime temperatures will keep dropping to 15-20 degrees
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Post by Marbzy » June 8th, 2020, 1:38 am

20:47 The little griffon is staying up
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23:28 The chick is 106 days old tonight
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Post by Marbzy » June 9th, 2020, 12:01 am

8 June

01:45 Flat on the ground...
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02:31 ... and then up again
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08:37 The chick's chatting
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Post by Marbzy » June 9th, 2020, 12:05 am

08:39 Every now and then the griffon breaks briefly into the begging mode
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But no one comes round for any chit-chat.

09:34 Stretching
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09:38 Oh, here's the Egyptian!
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Post by Marbzy » June 9th, 2020, 12:09 am

09:38 The chick barely takes a step towards the smaller guy - there's no hostility or intimidation, but the Egyptian leaves anyway, and the chick is all alone again
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10:39 What a handsome youngster!
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11:11 Mom arrives and the kid goes bananas
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Post by Marbzy » June 9th, 2020, 12:14 am

11:12 Mom makes sure no foreign interference occurs
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11:13 Some of the feeding takes place close to the ground
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11:14 Some other bits of it - up on second floor (the dark matter between Mom's and chick's beak is food, indeed)
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Post by Marbzy » June 9th, 2020, 12:17 am

11:16 A mynah sneaks onto the ledge to eavesdrop on the exchanges between Mom and the chick
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11:17 Mom says that the meal is over
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11:18 Bye (for now)!
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Post by Marbzy » June 9th, 2020, 12:21 am

11:26 Has Mom's food inspired the little one to burn a few calories?
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11:26 Stationary exercises now
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11:29 The crop's not huge but it's nicely rounded
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Post by Marbzy » June 9th, 2020, 12:25 am

11:34 The chick comes down leaping (it takes just two-three jumps to get down here from the highest point of the ledge)
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11:37 Going back up is a more demanding pursuit
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11:37 One day I'm gonna surprise y'all
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Post by Marbzy » June 9th, 2020, 12:31 am

13:42 The heat's cutting edge is near
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13:54 Friend or foe?
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13:54 Dad delivers the goods
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Post by Marbzy » June 9th, 2020, 12:34 am

13:55 Dad's doing fine himself, but the feeding isn't long
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13:56 Up in the air and he's gone
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13:57 The chick picks up a few little chunks from the ground
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