Vultures all over the world

Any kind of vultures all over the world
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Post by Marbzy » March 27th, 2020, 10:30 pm

The male returns after a minute:
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Honey!
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I forgot the shopping list.
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Post by Marbzy » March 27th, 2020, 10:34 pm

This time he's off for good:
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The female:
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Post by Marbzy » March 28th, 2020, 10:43 pm

28 March

I don't know this pair well enough to tell them apart until I've seen the yellow band on the male's leg. I couldn't spot it today, so I'll just avoid any reference to the birds' gender below. (Actually, I can't even tell whether two or more birds were involved...).

CV1 incubating:
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CV2 has just arrived:
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CV2 takes off:
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Post by Marbzy » March 28th, 2020, 10:48 pm

Four minutes later a CV (CV2? CV3?) descends directly in the nest:
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CV1 takes his/her precious time, but eventually gets up, allowing the other CV inspect the egg:
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Then it's kisses:
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Post by Marbzy » March 28th, 2020, 10:53 pm

CV1 leaves the egg to the mate:
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CV1 then spends half a minute on the branch to the left of the nest:
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And then CV1 is back after five minutes:
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Post by Marbzy » March 28th, 2020, 11:04 pm

More kisses:
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CV1 returns to his/her perch:
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CV1 has got bored and transferred to an alternative perch:
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Post by Marbzy » March 28th, 2020, 11:06 pm

One head to the right, the other to the left:
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Finally, CV1 is off:
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Post by Marbzy » March 29th, 2020, 8:00 pm

29 March

The story of another changeover, or: they like to do it in instalments:

17:41:48 the male arrives, lands on a branch, does some gardening
17:42:26 the female gets up, exposes the egg
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17:42:36 the female makes a false start, then a proper jump to the branch in front of the nest
17:42:54 the female is away
17:43:34 the male jumps to another branch, closer to the nest
17:44:08 the male jumps into the nest and inspects the egg
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17:44:17 the female is back - she lands plonk in the nest; they both inspect the egg
17:44:35 kisses
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17:44:52 more kisses
17:44:59 the female is away
17:45:19 the male lies on the egg
17:48:55 the female returns with a twig
17:49:58 the female flies away
17:50:30 the male rearranges the new twig

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Post by Marbzy » March 29th, 2020, 8:31 pm

...
17:53:53 the female is back with more nest material, the male gets up
17:54:16 kisses
17:54:37 the male is off onto the branch on the left
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17:55:02 the female settles down on the egg
17:55:51 the male takes off
17:59:37 the male is back with another twig
18:01:40 the female rises to her feet
18:01:48 the female jumps onto the branch to the left of the nest
18:01:52 the female flies away
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18:02:12 the male begins to settle on the egg, it takes him about a minute to find a comfortable position

Mission accomplished :faint:

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Post by Marbzy » March 31st, 2020, 1:53 am

30 March

Un-be-lie-vea-ble:
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Just a reminder: this is central Spain
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The poor bird's back and wings are almost completely white
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Post by Marbzy » March 31st, 2020, 1:54 am

Shaking off some of the white stuff:
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But it's not going to be an easy night:
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Post by Marbzy » March 31st, 2020, 2:19 am

These guys are simply fascinating. Here's the scene at 15:47:17:
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Then the incubating adult rises to (presumably) her feet:
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And another CV lands on one of the branches away from the camera:
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Post by Marbzy » March 31st, 2020, 2:23 am

Seconds later a fourth CV flies past:
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A curious standoff:
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The CV who landed a minute ago is a yellow-band wearer (hence probably the legitimate father):
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Post by Marbzy » March 31st, 2020, 2:24 am

Are they going to come to blows?
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Far from it:
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And the yellow band wearer is the first to depart:
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Post by Marbzy » March 31st, 2020, 2:34 am

Seconds later, the incubating adult is left on her own - all the commotion and no changeover:
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Given the apparent lack of hostility between the two CVs one of whom is not a parent at this nest, you have to wonder what sort of relationship they have. They seemed to have a good old chat with just one instance of behaviour that could be interpreted as openly aggressive (at 15:54:49 the yellow-banded CV clearly pecked at his interlocutor's neck). Could they be chicks of the same parents? Here they are again during their "kissing" routine (presumably, a form of greeting allowing them to identify each other):
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So many questions, (so many vultures), and so little time...

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Post by Birdfriend » March 31st, 2020, 7:10 pm

Thank you Marzby for your continuous work here. :thumbs:

Pic from now: :slap:
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Post by Marbzy » March 31st, 2020, 11:27 pm

:hi: Birdfriend! Sierra de Guadarrama was just crazy today, wasn't it?

31 March: the day when a black vulture turned white

Things looked weird in the morning:
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Only to become ridiculous just an hour later:
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Then came the time to shake off the white coat:
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Post by Marbzy » March 31st, 2020, 11:31 pm

Jump!
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Livin' on the edge
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Going to the loo was useful exercise, but how do you climb back down into the hole?
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Post by Marbzy » March 31st, 2020, 11:34 pm

Right foot in front...
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Stability regained
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So this is what it means to dig deep
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Post by Marbzy » March 31st, 2020, 11:37 pm

45 minutes later:
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The snow cover is broken again:
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Out to the edge:
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