Griffon Vulture Webcam in Israel

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2 May

The female took a couple of days to rediscover her broodiness, and a week or so since the chick was placed in the nest it is the male who's monopolising the chick at nighttime. During the day, the foster parents tend to take fairly regular turns, with the female taking care of the chick mainly in the morning hours and the male taking over from her some time in the afternoon.

Here's a short Charter Group Birdcams video taken earlier today of the male pampering the chick (the female is right behind the nest):
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Just to avoid creating the impression that the Griffon Mom is not pulling her weight, here is another Charter Group Birdcams clip showing her feeding the little treasure on 27 April:


What a boisterous little chick we have in the nest!
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5 May

The Griffon Vulture chicks in both nests seem to be developing normally. The southern nestling, raised by a wild-living pair of J35 (F) and T99 (M) is almost 1 month old now, while the northern chick, raised by the famous handicapped Griffon pair, is just under two weeks old (hatching date: 22 April).

Here's another opportunity to observe how Griffon Vultures feed their chicks. The Charter Group Birdcams video below shows the handicapped male, resident at the Hai-Bar Carmel Reserve, sharing his food on 3 May with the tiny nestling and making sure that the little one does not choke on his supper:



In spite of his motor disability (due to rickets suffered early in life), the 21-year-old is a very competent parent, indeed!
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Thanks Marzby!!

I'm watching them from time to time... I hope it'll be an easier season.
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10 May

Up at Hai-Bar Carmel things seem to be going in the right direction. Food is obviously at the top of the agenda, but the supply is both abundant and varied - new carcasses (a couple of sheep, both black and white, a calf and a large cow) have been delivered to the feeding station next door in the last three days alone. No wonder the 18-day-old chick has been on the receiving end of some truly royal treatment.

Here's a Charter Group Birdcams clip of the chick being fed a little by Mom:


The whole feeding actually lasted close to seven minutes, while an hour or so later Dad served a rich range of desserts!
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16 May

The Griffon Vulture chick at Hai-Bar Carmel is 24 days old. It appears to be growing nicely, as the Charter Group Birdcams video below (taken on 14 May) illustrates:


Last year's fledgeling, A90, has been visiting the feeding station regularly, but has also been spotted a few times quite close to the nest. At the feeding station, the juvenile spent close to 40 minutes feeding alongside his/her foster Mom on 8 May - this included several bouts of the two birds dining in close proximity to each other. On 14 May, A90 spent 8 minutes feeding right next to his/her foster Dad. Interestingly, although the juvenile did exhibit a little aggressive behaviour towards other birds, his/her interactions with the foster parents appear to be a little different. The foster parent have occasionally sent A90 a mild warning upon deciding that the youngster's beak came a little too close to theirs, but on no occasion has the juvenile retaliated or tried to intimidate the handiapped 21-year-olds. It's a thoroughly captivating story - it will be very interesting to observe what direction interaction between the birds will take.

The Ein Avdat chick's progress is being carefully monitored by the bird's natural parents, J35 and T99. Touch wood lightning does not strike twice and the couple are able to watch the little Griffon Vulture fledge - there's still a lot of time to go before that happens. The chick is about 40 days old at the moment - it will take about another 100 days for him/her to leave the nest...
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25 May

The Griffon Vulture chick that is being fostered by the handicapped pair at Hai-Bar Carmel is 33 days old, just a couple of days short of 5 weeks of age. The miniature vulture is already able to sit up nicely and look out of the nest (beyond the rims). The chick is also growing a tail and the bottom edge of his/her wings is becoming jagged and black with budding primary and secondary flight feathers.

Supply of food continues to be abundant - a large cow deposited at the feeding station on 20 May has been feeding the local Griffons for a few days now. The chick's foster parents have been able to share some of their meals with the little one as illustrated in this Charter Group Birdcams video:
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Now the adults are beginning to leave the chick on his/her own in the nest, though unless they evacuate the nest on account of being scared away (e.g. by a food delivery) they tend to stay close and keep an eye. Only a few days ago, half a dozen Common Ravens began to visit the nest quite regularly in the mornings - it turns out that they are a pair with four successfully fledged young! However exciting the news of the ravens' fledging may be, they can be something of a nuisance to Griffon Vultures. The chick's parents have had to raise their game when it comes to defending the nest and the rare winged treasure in it. Here's a short Charter Group Birdcams video featuring one of the raven fledgelings in close proximity to the vultures' nest:
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1 June

The Griffon Vulture chick is 40 days old today, about one-third into his/her nestling period. A couple of little milestones have been observed in the last few days, including the use of wings (beating outstretched wings agains the nest floor) to solicit another helping of meat in the course of a feeding - first recorded on 26 May (age: 34 days), and the first few wobbly steps taken by the chick supporting his/her weight solely on his/her toes rather than the whole tarsi (age: 36 days). Occasionally, the chick has been spotted sending poop straight out of the nest - this Charter Group Birdcams clip was taken earlier today:


Incidentally, in this video the little vulture is seen taking a few proper steps, still only a few, but not that wobbly anymore. In addition to the feathers growing along the bottom edge of the wings, the chick has also started developing a nice little ruff and scapular feathers.

Taking advantage of a rich and varied supply of meat (horsemeat, lamb, beef - you name it) at the feeding station, the parents have been busy pumping food into the chick, whose requirements have been increasing steeply... (Weeks 6 to 12 are the period of the most rapid growth in Griffon Vultures - in mid-July we will be looking at a very different bird indeed.)
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2 June

A long overdue update from the southern nest: the chick that hatched to J35 and T99 is doing fine. The bird is around 55 days old, still a little short of half the expected fledging age. Video updates from Ein Avdat are really scarce this year - the most recent one was published on 17 May. Here's the video:


The video shows the chick at several dates when (s)he is between 28 and 38 days old. The highlights include a very red-headed father feeding the chick (5 May) and the same parent spilling his head over the unfortunate chick's head (13 May). Interestingly, the chick is shown beating his wings in excitement at being fed (by Mom) on 7 May, i.e. aged about 30 days - that's four days earlier than the same behaviour was recorded in the northern nest. At the same time, it is the northern chick who seems to be growing his/her feathers at a slightly faster rate.

A reminder: the live stream is available at https://www.birds.org.il/en/camera/26. Right now the chick appears to comfortably asleep, while Mom is watching over the little bird.

Good night!
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10 June

The Griffon Vulture chick in the northern nest (Hai-Bar Carmel) is now 49 days old and well into the most dynamic period of growth. Owing to frequent food deliveries to the feeding station a few metres away from the nest, the chick's adoptive parents have been able to fill his/her crop to gargantuan proportions almost every day. When compared to his/her predecessor (A90, the 2020 nestling), the chick appears to be a couple of days ahead in terms of the rate at which (s)he's been growing feathers.

Here's a Charter Group Birdcams 2-minute video of the chick earlier today:


The little monster is now able to stand on his/her toes like an adult for well over a minute, and if (s)he takes a few steps, they're no longer that wobbly. The chick's prospective scapulars and flight feathers are clearly more prominent than A90's at the same age of 49 days (11 July 2020).

Additionally, the parents are beginning to leave the chick all alone in the nest without any supervision. One such incident was observed on 2 June between 18:35 and 18:43, when Mom and Dad enjoyed a romantic supper at the feeding station. Another occurred only yesterday (9 June) at a similar time. To make things even more interesting, the chick's adoptive parents shared their dinner last night with A90 (18:28-18:46). Only one other visiting Griffon Vulture (2E2) was present at the feeding station at the time, but thankfully did not contemplate disturbing the chick while the parents were having their meal with A90.

And a quick look at the southern nest: at the age of a little over 60 days, tonight the chick is sleeping without either parent in camera view.
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:hi:
Thanks Marzby for all your comments :thumbs:

I just saw him standing upright and walking few steps. He is wonderful!
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