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At the end of 2020, the Birds of Prey Protection Foundation received a flattering recognition for its decadeslong work. The “Reliable organization” certificate was awarded by “CompanyWall business”.
We still follow our Ognjenka, a young female Short toed Eagle in Africa, every day. It has been three months since she “wintered” in Sudan and Chad.
25.01.2021. year, her current position is – Chad. In 92 days, she flew 4778 km or an average of 51.93 km/day. The highest recorded height of flight is 3343 m above sea level, but she has risen so high only a few times. Mostly all the time below 2000 m above sea level. The highest recorded flight speed is 101 km/h.
You have more general information about Ognjenka, the autumn migration on page… »
You can find out about the Satellite Telemetry program of the Birds of Prey Protection Foundation here… »
On the 21.01.2021. The exhibition of the best photographs from the XVI Competition of the Birds of Prey Protection Foundation , under the auspices of the Photo Association of Serbia, was opened in the Cultural Center “Vlada Divljan”. On that occasion, a new calendar for 2021 was promoted, as well as the educational material of the Foundation. The exhibiton is closed on the 29.01.2021.
Photos from the XVI Competition 2020. can also be viewed here ( double-click for a larger view and information on the ordinal number, title of the paper and author ):
Thank you for participating!
Calendars of the Birds of Prey Protection Foundation for 2021 can be purchased at a price of RSD 400.00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Foundation’s office (Bulevar Despota Stefana 142, Belgrade) or ordered by payment to the Foundation’s account (No. 325-9500900016839-20, Fondacija za zaštitu ptica grabljivica, Bulevar Despota Stefana 142, Belgrade, marked “Calendar for 2021”). By purchasing a calendar, you are helping the Foundation’s work on the protection of endangered species.
Secretary, Vuk Popić
The Birds of Prey Protection Foundation
Bulevar Despota Stefana 142
The Birds of Prey Protection Foundation has introduced video surveillance of a very important feeding station for Griffon Vultures in the Special Nature Reserve “Gorge of the river Trešnjica” and thus included it in the surveillance of feeding stations that have this type of control. Surveillance was introduced as one of the results of project: “Management of the population of the Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) in the Special Nature Reserves: “Gorge of the river Trešnjica” and “Uvac” by applying the program of marking and monitoring using satellite technology and video surveillance, 2019.”
Monitoring of nesting pairs in Trešnjica has been going on since 1980. After the poisoning, the number of active nests was reduced to only one in 1995, when the Special Nature Reserve was declared. The colony then recovered, but the number did not exceed 16 active pairs. The feeding station on Trešnjica was opened in 1989 and is still active.
In addition to satellite telemetry , video surveillance of feeding stations and gathering places is the most efficient way of collecting data in order to plan further measures of active protection. Until recently, we did not have it on Trešnjica, so we did not have an accurate insight into the extent to which Griffon Vultures visit the feeding station, the age structure of the birds, whether the individuals we marked on Uvac also appear, etc. Important information is which animals “use” this place and planning the amount of food that should be taken out at different times of the year.
We quickly found out that the feeding station on Trešnjica was very visited. Usually a flock of twenty to thirty birds comes. In addition to vultures and, of course, numerous ravens, a pair of adult White-tailed Eagles also appear, as well as foxes, jackals, and even bear.
This year’s vulture was also noted, who was marked on the nest on Uvac at the end of May with the wing mark “12” by the Vultures Marking Team of the Foundation. He was named Trešnjica.
About marking vultures in 2020 – here … » a >
After more than two years of satellite tracking of our Griffon Vulture Zlatar, unfortunately, we got bad news. The Zlatar died in Greece!
Until recently, he cruised the entire Balkans ( more about it here … » ), he even spent some time in the Alps, only to descend to a vulture colony in Greece about a month ago.
06.11.2020 We noticed that we had an “urgent situation” when we noticed that the temperature shown by the transmitter had dropped sharply and that the device was in an unnatural position. It is immediately located near the “artificial pool” on a mountain in Greece. We urgently informed our colleagues from Greece, as well as Bulgaria, with whom we jointly supervise the Griffon Vultures in the “poison detection detective” program in the Balkans.
Colleagues from Greece reacted swiftly! They were already at the location within two hours, but, unfortunately, it was too late for Zlatar. The bird was in the water, dead.
The remains of the Griffon Vulture were taken to Athens for an autopsy. We still don’t know for sure what the cause of death was, but five days ago, Griffon poisoning with a Bulgarian transmitter, Kelly, was reported in the region. Therefore, there is a well-founded suspicion that Zlatar was also poisoned. However, we will wait for the results of the toxicological analysis of the competent institutions in Greece.
Regardless of the news, which shook us all, it turned out that there was excellent cooperation and fast communication with colleagues from Bulgaria and Greece regarding the supervision of vultures in the satellite telemetry program, which is crucial for further work on the protection of vultures, but also other species that are endangered by both illegal poisoning and other factors due to which they suffer. It is certain that a large number of our vultures suffer when they leave Uvac, and we can only assume the exact number. Our activities are aimed at eliminating the risk and reducing mortality of these endangered species.
“Famous” video of the release of Zlatar on Uvac, after recovery, at the beginning of September 2018.
The XVI Contest for Best Photography in 2020 – “Birds in Action” has received 148 works by 40 authors. Jury consisting of:
– Gordan Pomorišac, MF FSS
– Aleksandar Milosavljević, ULUS
– Saša Marinković, PhD
met on 05.11.2020. It was not an easy task to choose from the great number of excellent works the three best ones, as well as photographs that will be displayed at the exhibition from 17th to 24th of December 2020, at the Cultural Center “Vlada Divljan”, Metropolitan Petra Street no. 8 in Belgrade.
As always, the award-winning photo will be on the Foundation’s new poster, and the top 12 will also be on the 2021 calendar. Promotion of the Foundation’s works, new calendar and posters will be at 7pm on the December 17th, 2020. at the “Vlada Divljan” Culture Center. The trailer about the Griffon Vultures movie will also be shown on the occasion.
THANK YOU for participation and congratulations to the authors of the award-winning works.
The first award went to author Hristo Peshev
The second prize went to author Szekeres Leventa
The third prize went to author Jovan Lakatos
Two photos were praised by the jury: