Today, our friend Mr. Omar Al-Sheikhly from Iraq, sent information that he has data about the more then 14 Griffon Vultures which are caught (see photos below) in Iraq. According to that information, none of them has any markings, so their origin can not be known. They are all young, which means that they were caught during the migration through Iraq.
We know that a significant number of Griffon Vultures from Serbia fly to the Middle East. Every year, we mark around 10% of total number Vultures which are hatched in Serbia (more about that… »). Since many of them are seen in the Middle East, it is clear that the number of our birds in that area is significant. Unfortunately, if they are not marked, we can not prove that.
So far, we have no information that some of our birds are caught. Omar will let us know if he find any Vulture from Serbia, so we will be able to intervene and inform our state authorities, embassy, international organizations, etc. Only if we are sure that the bird is from Serbia we can do something. And that is one more reason why marking is so important.
Vultures from Iraq: