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26.07.2017

First time in Russia: four Egyptian Vultures were tagged with GPS/GSM loggers

At the end of July of 2017, Igor Karyakin and Rinur Bekmansurov – ornithologists from the Russian Raptor Research and Conservation Network visited Dagestan Nature Reserve, cluster “Sakykumskie barkhany” to tag Egyptian Vultures inhabited Nature Reserve and its surroundings. Birds were tagged with GPS/GPM loggers made by Aquila (Poland) and color rings of Russian Raptor Research and Conservation Network. For Russia, this is a first attempt to study migrations of Egyptian Vultures by means of GPS/GSM loggers. The receiving station for collecting data from loggers is in Novosibirsk, Russia and is maintained by Sibecocenter. Previously, similar studies were conducted only in Europe, Turkey, and Oman.

Egyptian Vulture is poorly studied in Russia. It has a restricted breeding range – Caucasus mountains only. Several breeding territories are known in Dagestan in a neighborhood of cluster “Sarykumskiye barkhany” of Dagestan Nature Reserve. During the end of July, 4 nestlings of Egyptian Vulture were tagged. The nestlings are still in the nests and we have time to give them names. So far, scientists recognized them only by rings.

Information that will be obtained during the project will shed the light on migration routes of this birds, wintering sites, and areas where young birds born in the Caucasus spend their youth – in the nesting area Egyptian Vultures return only after maturing.

In parallel, ornithologists explored Caucasian population of Imperial Eagles, their population structure, diet, and breeding success. For the first time, two Imperial Eagles from Dagestan were ringed with color rings. The color scheme for the region is a red and yellow background for black letters. Additionally, scavenger raptors were studies such as Eurasian Griffon, Cinereous vulture, and Lammergeier. Samples of molted feathers from a Eurasian Griffon’s colony were collected for genetical studies.

The territory of the Dagestan Nature Reserve is very promising for the future studies of raptors and the fieldwork would be continued.

Pictures from the fieldwork:

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  • 2017/07/28 23:09:04

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    Можно начинать придумывать имена. К сожалению с определением пола этих чудиков у нас проблемы.

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