Griffon Vulture

Eurasian Griffon

 

 

Live from the Israeli Negev - Griffon Vultures Online!

Live from a Vulture nest!

 

This year thanks to the generous support of the "Legacy fund" and "Porsim Kanaf" project and thanks to a unique collaboration between the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel we are focusing on nature's cleanup crew!  

Our Vulture Camera will broadcast live 24/7 from the nest of a Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) nesting in the wilderness of the Negev Desert. The Vulture pair laid their single egg on Dec 26th 2018.

 

Sadly Israel's Griffon Vulture population is in trouble. In the past 50 years the numbers of Griffons in Israel is steadily declining. Until the late 1950's hundreds of pairs of Griffon Vultures bred all over the country from the extreme north to the Eilat Mountains. In the early 2000's only around 120 pairs bred and today less than 60 pairs remain. Today the majestic Griffon Vulture is critically endangered (CR) in Israel and in other places around the east Mediterranean. This sadly relates to many other species of Vultures in the region, and all over the world.

The Griffon Vulture is a massive bird of prey. With a wing span of over 2.5 meters, long neck and strong hooked bill it is perfectly specialized to locate carrion, break open the carcasses and feast on the flesh. The Vultures stomach and digestive system are very acidic and strong in order to deal with the toxins in the rotting flesh. This is the reason that Vultures are a crucial part of the eco system with their role of natures "sanitarians". They are the cleanup crew that "take care" of the dead and eliminate the spreading of disease.

Using special online HD cameras we will deliver a 24 hour live feed from the nest, covering the complete nesting cycle, from incubation, through hatching and hopefully successful fledging of a healthy young Vulture.

We are very excited to be back and to once again bring new and exciting surprises. We invite you to follow the live feed and learn about the fascinating lives of some of Israel's largest birds of prey. We wish this season is a successful as the previous ones and we wish all our raptor families the best of luck for the 2019 Nestcam season.

 

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