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Lammergeier at Mount Olymp/ Macedonia

BartgeierThe rush of wind through feathers is the only sound to break the silence as a huge bird glided by just a few meters from a crack high in the mountains around Mount Olymp. A Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) soars above the mountains, scavenging for a meal. It is the only species of bird that cracks open bones to feast on the marrow inside. Lammergeiers are able lifting large carcasses to great heights. Then they drop them onto the rocks below to break up the bones and access the marrow. Smaller bones are swallowed whole.

Like other mountainous areas of Greece, Mt Olympus has a fine selection of raptors and these include Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), Eurasian Griffon (Gyps fulvus), Cinereous Vulture or Eurasian Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus), Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus), Levant Sparrowhawk (Accipiter brevipes), Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)  and Lanner Falcon (Falco biarmicus). A national park in the eastern part of the Olympus Mountains of northern Thessaly includes some of the most dramatic scenery in the whole of Greece and is popular with hikers as well as birders. Lammergeiers were regularly seen until a few years ago and they were thought to be no longer permanently resident in the area.

But this year, an adult Lammergeier has been seen and photographed on the 6th April in Mt. Olympus by Thomas Nikolopoulos. The Lammergeier in flight appeared with a Golden Eagle on the grey sky.  This is the first observation of an adult plumage bearded vulture since several years.

Two years ago, though, a 2nd-3rd calendar year bird was observed. Lammergeiers do occur in Crete, where the population is stable, at around 7 pairs. In the Alps the population has been increasing Continue reading Lammergeier at Mount Olymp/ Macedonia

Krähenscharben an Bulgariens Steilküsten

KrähenscharbeEine wunderschöne, naturnahe Steilküste im zeitigen Frühjahr im Nordwesten von Bulgarien. Hier ist auch die Heimal der Krähenscharbe (Phalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestii).  Die  hier auftretende Subspezies desmarestii kommt nur im Mittelmeer und am Schwarzen Meer vor und wird im Englischen als Mediterranean Shag bezeichnet.

Krähenscharben weisen die gleiche dunkle, leicht violett glänzende Fäbrung auf, wie ihre nördlichen Kollegen der Nominatform Phalacrocorax aristotelis aristotelis. Der auf dem Foto des Blogs erkennbare aufgestellte Büschel wird durch Kopffedern hervorgerufen, die während der Brutzeit im späten Winter besonders zur Schau gestellt werden.

Während der winterlichen Brutzeit bilden Krähenscharben nicht zu dichte Kolonien und nisten in Felsspalten, Felsbändern, Höhlungen innerhalb der Kreideklippen oder zwischen Continue reading Krähenscharben an Bulgariens Steilküsten