Piroćanac did not make it :-(

He was hatched in the Belgrade’s Zoo garden and we wanted to give him the chance to be free. It was planned to be one of the first Griffon Vultures released on Stara Planina in 2016, in the program of returning the Vultures on this mountain. That is why he got name Piroćanac. The program was not then supported by the state administration, and Piroćanac remained in the zoo for two years. At the beginning of June 2018, during the organization of the program of satellite tracking and monitoring, the transfer of Piroćanac to Uvac was stopped due to unreasonable administrative requirements. With the support of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the bird got the necessary documents and he was transferred to Uvac with a big delay in the middle of August. We equipped him with a satellite transmitter and released on the Uvac, along with two other Zlatar and Marija mts, on the 1.9.2018. ( GPS tracking … » ), where are the best conditions for him to integrate with other Vultures. There was no point in postponing the release, because the other two birds from the cages were ready, so the Piroccanac would remain alone in the cage. There was also a winter period coming, when Vultures are under pressure to survive. Unfortunately, there was not enough time to adjust and integrate with the other two birds in cage. By satellite tracking and video surveillance on the feed place, we saw that he did not integrate into a flock of Vultures and we wanted to get him back to the cage. The Rangers of the Uvac Reserve were doing their best, but the Pirocanac was elusive. At one point he went to Mileševka and Pašter, which gave us hope that he would succeed. The Vultures from Uvac often visit because there are plenty of cattle and potential food.

When the Rangers found him, he was exhausted, and according to the procedure, he was immediately taken by the veterinarian, who found that the bird was good, that he needed ti eat, and that he would recover quickly, so he was returned to the cage. The bird was not hospitalized at that time and in such a bad condition he was returned to the cage of the Uvac Reserve. Unfortunately, this was obviously not a good estimate. The Piroćanac died in the Center at Uvac, although he accepted some food.

This is the third case that a Vultures are dead in this way. We hope that this bad experience will help to resolve the issue of veterinarians and hospitalization of endangered bird species, so that these unnecessary losses will not occur again.

Zlatar and Maria mts behave well. They are moving and visiting the territory. They were recorded several times in the feeding place by satellite tracking, as well as video surveillance. Satellite tracking he discovered the new potential site for nesting Vultures that we will soon visit. We wish them luck in the coming winter period.

XIV Competition for best photography in 2018

As in previous years, the Birds of Prey Protection Foundation opens the Best Photography Competition: “The Birds in Action” under the auspices of the “Photo Association of Serbia”.

The best photographs from the previous competitions are on the posters and calendar of the Foundation, showing all the beauty of diversity and at the same time calling for the protection of endangered species in Serbia. Our goal is also to popularize the author’s photo inspired by birds, but also to point out the bad status of endangered species and natural habitats in Serbia.

Everybody can participate in it, regardless of residence and whether they are dealing with photography professionally or amateurly. According to the competition rules, one participant can send up to four (4) photographs. Only wild bird photos – recorded exclusively in nature, come into consideration. Photos from ZOOs or birds from captivity will be excluded. The photos can be black and white or in color or in digital form. The photo format is “JPG”, at least 1920 pixels in length on a longer page format, at a resolution of 300 dpi.

Each group of photos should also follow the information and “Application Form” about the author (name, surname, address, contact telephone and e-mail) and the work (name, where and when the photo was taken). The name of the photo and the serial number must be in accordance with the “Application form”, and by signing the Application, the author declares that all the photos are his. Application Form…

With strict compliance with copyright law photos participating in the Competition, the Birds of Prey Protection Foundation will use to achieve their goals – the protection of endangered species, unless the author requires otherwise. The submission of photographs to third parties is possible only with the agreement with the author!

The deadline for the reception of this year’s works is November 1, 2018. After that the expert jury will review the works and choose the best photographs. It will notify interested parties about their final decision no later than November 15, 2018, through the Foundation website and Facebook page. The winners will be notified by e-mail about that, as well as awards.

The Birds of Prey Protection Foundation will also organize an Exhibition of the best photographs in December 2018, and we will let you know about the place and time later. The Exhibition will be accompanied by a Catalog of selected works on the 14th calendar of the Foundation for 2019, which will include catalog data and will be delivered to photo authors either at the exhibition itself or by the end of 2018. The exhibition will also include the promotion of posters with award-winning photography from the competition.

The Birds of Prey Protection Foundation
Address: Bulevar despota Stefana 142, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
or on E-mail: grifon@ibiss.bg.ac.rs

Jelica Dimitrijevic, Secretary
The Birds of Prey Protection Foundation
Bulevar despota Stefana 142
11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Phone. +381112078352 and mob. +3816112794042