Griffon Vulture Webcam in Israel

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Re: Griffon Vulture Webcam in Israel

Post by Marbzy » May 23rd, 2020, 10:32 pm

23 May

00:19 The chick's a walker
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02:02 And here we go again...
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03:03 ... and again
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Post by Marbzy » May 23rd, 2020, 10:44 pm

09:00 The little one hunched over the chasm
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11:24 (S)he's doing a fair amount of walking today
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13:07 And (s)he's no stranger to stand-up
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The chick's walking technique needs more work - his/her movements are not fully coordinated. Getting from A to B still involves quite a lot of flailing of the lower legs. If your (un)lucky, you might even see the chick trip over a stick and land on his/her belly (it's happened at least twice in the last four days, but is incredibly hard to document).

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Post by Marbzy » May 23rd, 2020, 10:48 pm

14:03 Wing exercises are back!
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15:14 Take that! The chick's scapulars look like a wild horse's mane
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15:20 But this is no exercise...
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Post by Marbzy » May 23rd, 2020, 10:51 pm

15:21 It's a sign that a parent is coming home
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15:22 A feeding by Mom
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15:23 It's quickly over, but the chick doesn't seem to have noticed that Mom's already started to wipe her beak
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Post by Marbzy » May 23rd, 2020, 10:56 pm

15:27 Adieu!
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15:44 Now, how's that for a surprise visit! It's an adult Egyptian vulture, possibly one of the couple who occasionally make it into my reports
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15:45 The chick may not react to a mynah's or a pigeon's visit, but after initial confusion the little one goes after the guest, driving him off the ledge
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Post by Marbzy » May 23rd, 2020, 11:00 pm

15:59 Aren't there a couple of feathers missing from the chick's left wing?
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16:02 Another food supply coming up?
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16:03 Hello, Dad!
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Post by Marbzy » May 23rd, 2020, 11:03 pm

16:07 Unlike Mom, Dad stays on the ledge post-feeding
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16:11 The chick won't stop asking for more
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16:12 Temper tantrums?
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Post by Marbzy » May 23rd, 2020, 11:05 pm

16:13 Dad does come back
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16:14 And the feeding starts anew
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16:16 Someone's pressed repeat
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Post by Marbzy » May 23rd, 2020, 11:09 pm

16:23 Dad's just left - each time a parent leaves, the chick lifts his/her head with curiosity
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16:27 The chick looking a bit lost
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16:28 The crop's been filled a little
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Post by Marbzy » May 23rd, 2020, 11:14 pm

17:19 Who's that huge hairy bug?
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17:22 This could be a form of exercise...
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17:33 ... or is the chick trying to attract the attention of a parent perched nearby?
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Most likely, of course, it's neither.

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Post by Marbzy » May 23rd, 2020, 11:32 pm

19:02 Time to get the plumage back in order
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20:37 Bed time
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23:18 The head is buried under the wings. Good night!
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The chick is 91 days old tonight.

In "Breeding behaviour and parental care in the Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus on the island of Crete (Greece)" - a paper I have already referenced on these pages - Xirouakis and Mylonas write: "The chick rearing stage started with the hatching of the eggs and ended with the fledgling of the offspring after 117 ± 10 days (range = 102-134, mean fledging date: 15 July, n = 12 pair-years)".

The Israeli griffon is still 11 days younger than the earliest fledgeling in the Cretean study and will only reach the mean fledging age in that study in 26 days. Fledging is hardly imminent then - I have to eat that pronouncement I made a couple of days ago :blush:

Good night to everyone following the chick's progress :wave:

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Post by Polly » May 24th, 2020, 2:09 am

Yes Marbzy, we finally crave the chick ... it brings relief as well as worries whether it will survive.
We are in the same position as with our children. On the one hand we hope for the ability to survive on the other hand it is nice to have them with us.

It always applies - everything takes time. :)
"Let nature be your teacher."
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Post by Marbzy » May 25th, 2020, 12:30 am

24 May

00:34 Initially, the chick is sleeping standing up
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02:19 Some two hours later (s)he is lying down in a heap
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13:57 Afraid of sunlight?
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Post by Marbzy » May 25th, 2020, 12:34 am

13:58 An afternoon nap
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15:00 It's not that hot today (low 20s, in fact) and there's a little wind
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15:35 Pacing
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Post by Marbzy » May 25th, 2020, 12:40 am

15:53 The chick wants an update on the events in the canyon
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15:58 Preening in the wind (once or twice the wind throws the chick off-balance)
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23:05 Sleeping up
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Around 6 pm the camera was paying a visit to the Egyptians. Further checks at 7 pm and 7:40 pm did not produce any news. But it feels odd to have no idea how much has been missed out on.

The chick is 92 days old tonight. Good night!

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Post by Marbzy » May 25th, 2020, 9:01 pm

25 May

00:13 The chick is sleeping standing up just past midnight...
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03:10 ... and well into the small hours
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10:38 Hello, there
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Post by Marbzy » May 25th, 2020, 9:06 pm

12:12 What a promising sight!
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12:41 So who's coming home this time?
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12:42 Mom!
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Post by Marbzy » May 25th, 2020, 9:09 pm

12:43 Begging...
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12:44 ... more begging...
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12:46 ... and even more begging
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Post by Marbzy » May 25th, 2020, 9:11 pm

12:47 Mom takes off...
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12:47 ... but the chick is still demanding food
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12:48 Is that lipstick on the chick's lower mandible?
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Post by Marbzy » May 25th, 2020, 9:15 pm

12:53 Clearly, the chick has partaken of fresh red meat
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14:05 The chick presents his/her crop - the feeding was a success
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14:27 Is there another feeding in store?
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