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|from Sarrazin, 1994|
A population of griffon vultures in Massif Central.
Released area covers all the Grands Causses of south-central
France where the Tarn, Jonte, and Dourbie rivers flow
into deep canyons. The release site was located on
the southern rim of the Causse Mejean
, were aviaries for captive breeding were built
at the top of a cliff overlooking the gorges of the Jonte
River. In 1970, a first attempt to release four juveniles
failed because the young birds rapidly left the area.
A stock of captive adults was then acquired with the
intention of establishing breeding pairs in the aviaries. The release
of these adults began in December 1981 and was carried
on with younger birds until 1986. During
these five years, 61 Griffon Vultures were released
(one banded and two unbanded birds escaped unintentionally
in 1980 and 1985, respectively). Food
resources in the area mainly consisted of sheep and
cattle carcasses resulting from natural mortality. In
addition, there was an active education program for
local farmers and hunters, sites for supplementary
feeding were established nest cliffs were protected
from climbers, and power lines were converted to
prevent birds being electrocuted
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great mix of these photos. Very interesting. Nice composition.
Thanks for sharing,
- [2012-07-24 12:39]
Nice to see a new photo from you.
Beautiful compilation of these vultures photos.
I missed this one earlier.
Impressive aren't they. I saw them in May. The one at the right bottom is my favorite due to the mountainous background
thanx for the rare sharing ;)