Vultures all over the world

Any kind of vultures all over the world
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Post by Marbzy » April 10th, 2020, 6:56 pm

Another stroll at 12:51:
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Up again half an hour later:
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And again:
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Post by Marbzy » April 10th, 2020, 7:02 pm

El macho sets his neck in weaving motion (these birds seem to do this when their conspecifics are flying above):
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He makes sure the egg is safe:
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And prepares for a confrontation:
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Post by Marbzy » April 10th, 2020, 7:06 pm

But no intruder makes it into view and the male continues its vigil:
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I may have missed something, but if my count is right, he hasn't left the nest for over 50 hours now:
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The last changeover I was able to document took place at 11 am on 8 April. The stream went down a few times on that day, but there's a very good chance that el macho's shift is already 55 hours old:
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He takes another break at 19:21, does some preening, goes to the loo, walks back slowly to the centre of the nest, lies down the agg at 19:21. Nest relief would be welcome, as would be a change in the weather... (but the outlook for the weekend is simply bad).

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Post by Marbzy » April 11th, 2020, 11:34 pm

11 April

El macho continues to brave the elements:
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A real tough guy:
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The male says hello to el huevo:
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Post by Marbzy » April 11th, 2020, 11:39 pm

74 hours and counting:
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El macho has just plucked his own feather:
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Some exercise follows:
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Post by Marbzy » April 11th, 2020, 11:45 pm

Suddenly, the male gets ready for an emergency (note the tail):
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The unseen visitor is clearly not welcome:
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Things return to normal:
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Post by Marbzy » April 11th, 2020, 11:56 pm

But the threat is soon back:
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This is not exactly a friendly look:
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Oh, dear!
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Post by Marbzy » April 12th, 2020, 12:01 am

The banded foot has landed centrally on the egg:
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That was close... (but the tail is still up):
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The danger is still on the radar:
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Post by Marbzy » April 12th, 2020, 12:05 am

Five seconds later the stranger pays a flying visit:
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That foot comes dangerously close to the egg again:
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Either the same or another stranger flies into cam view again:
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Post by Marbzy » April 12th, 2020, 12:09 am

El macho can finally calm down:
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Past the 76-hour mark now...:
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The afternoon turns even wetter:
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Post by Marbzy » April 12th, 2020, 12:14 am

Just short of 78 hours...:
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... la hembra!
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Kisses:
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Post by Marbzy » April 12th, 2020, 12:18 am

The male is off in under 20 seconds since the female's arrival:
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Hola, el huevo!
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The male comes back to say thanks:
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Post by Marbzy » April 12th, 2020, 12:22 am

He's brought her a branch - it's not an olive branch, but it will do anyway:
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El macho takes off again. It seems that he only makes it to one of the neighbouring branches and is off a liitle later, but he is not seen around again today:
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The female rolls the egg (with her foot!):
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Post by Marbzy » April 12th, 2020, 12:23 am

She looks a bit weary:
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Good night:
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Post by Marbzy » April 12th, 2020, 8:51 pm

12 April

Good morning! La hembra makes sure el huevo develops properly:
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No noteworthy events take place before noon:
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Genuine activity begins at 12:53:
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Post by Marbzy » April 12th, 2020, 8:54 pm

The female rises and spreads her wings:
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She jumps carefully over the egg to avoid damaging it (the male could take a lesson here):
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And then she takes off:
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Post by Marbzy » April 12th, 2020, 8:57 pm

El huevo remains unattended...:
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... for just under two minutes:
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El macho is back!
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Post by Marbzy » April 12th, 2020, 9:00 pm

And so is la hembra:
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She's delivered some soft green stuff (it's in her beak, just over the male's yellow band):
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The couple give the viewers an excellent opportunity to compare their heads (el macho's head is much darker on the top):
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Post by Marbzy » April 12th, 2020, 9:04 pm

The female then leaves:
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The male has a new characteristic feature that can aid identification - the white stains on the left wing:
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Before the male can settle on the egg, the female returns:
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Post by Marbzy » April 12th, 2020, 9:07 pm

Their beaks make contact:
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The female has persuaded the male to leave:
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And just when it looks as though she's about to resume her 19-hour-long vigil...:
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