Vultures all over the world

Any kind of vultures all over the world
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The egg's gotta wait!
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And just as the egg's wait is about to end...
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... the female returns (with some soft stuff to line the nest)
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She's then off on another errand...
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... and returns with more soft material
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This is another nest with the female acting as the master builder
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Come on, I'm doing my best
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Is something illegal going on over to the right?
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Somewhat unexpectedly, it is the male who takes off next
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He is soon back, but the female is already incubating again
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Off the branch and into the nest
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The "kissing" ritual follows
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A stately couple, aren't they?
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OK, lad. See you tomorrow!
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The male makes himself and the egg comfortable
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Hello, I'm back (this time with a twig)
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Having checked on her partner, the female finally flew away for good a minute later
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Half an hour later the male got some unwanted company
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He's had to defend the nest. The visitor just bounced off the nest and hopped onto one of the branches
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It turned out to be an inexperienced youngster banded in 2019
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Inexperienced and bored...
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The visitor changed his viewing point a few times, frustrating the incubating male a little
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Just like last night, the visitor finally went to seek some other company
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It's going to be peace at last
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Good night!
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3 April

Incubation in progress:
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There were two main bouts of activity today. The first - just after 2 pm:
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An unusually quick changeover started with the female's arrival
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The "kissing" routine:
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A look to the left:
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And we're down to one again:
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But before the female was able to lie down on the egg, the male returned with some nest material:
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The mates had a quick word:
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And the male was off again:
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Just preening!
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The other bout of activity occurred between 5:07 and 6:07 pm. The mates swapped places a few times, fetched a few brand new twigs, etc. It ended with a spectacular departure:
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Then two more visits were paid to the nest. The first by a conspecific:
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The other by a raven:
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Ravens have a rich record, including some on the LK forums, of taunting raptors (as well as grey seals :D), but perhaps it was too late in the day for mischief:
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The raven left, without bothering the incubating vulture, half a minute later. Good night!
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4 April
The male approaches the landing area:
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He's brought another twig:
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He offers the female relief:
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The future Mom (fingers crossed) accepts:
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She returns just a few minutes later:
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And gets the prospective Dad to leave (he first jumps onto the branch and leaves half a minute later):
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The female over the egg. The adults usually turn around over the egg (once or twice), stepping very close to it with utmost care, before lying down to incubate:
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The male came back in the afternoon:
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The female gets up and stretches (a part of the male's wing can still be seen at the top of the image):
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But the male may have surprised his partner by taking off before she was ready to leave:
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She leaves anyway:
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The egg on its own:
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The lady is back after two minutes...
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... and is soon joined by the gentleman:
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This time the male does take over:
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She returns in the evening to relieve the male:
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She rolls the egg with her beak:
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The male leaves:
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The male comes back with some nest material:
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The male contemplates another errand:
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Back to work:
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