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« on: May 27, 2008, 12:54 PM »
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2008, 16:38 PM »
Hello Nick,
 When did you took this foto? .I ask because when i was working in the Recuperation Center i recieved a vulture like this and at first i couldnĀ“t understood how could someone put this heavy bell around the vultures nek. This was in the spring of 1997. The forest guard that worked with me told me that probably the vulture was eating a corps of a sheep and introduced his nek into the belt. Thanks for the foto.

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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2008, 22:06 PM »
Hi Arvak, Welcome to the forum...

I took the picture on the 27th April 2005 and then had some more images the following October 2005. This bird successfully reared a chick during this year....

Had another sighting on 7th April 2006 but no images taken. As it flew past us at about 20 metres distance the bell tinkled.... Cursed myself for having the wrong lens on the camera :)

Another image of the same bird turned up by a different photographer during the summer of 2007 and was mentioned in the English newspaper in Andalucia the Olive Press...

No sightings at all this year and I fear that this bird is now dead... Watching it try to feed its chick was pitiful as the strap of the bell was so tight around its crop/throat it had to work really hard to regurgitate up the food... The chick also suffered as it got hit with the dangling bell. Watching it try to gently turn it's egg also made me hold my breath...

The bird would have easily become caught in a tree whilst trying to gather nesting material and it is possible that an open wound would have been created causing infection....

I heard rumour of another bird like this in the Sierra de Cazorla but have never seen any images or read any real proof. I was also told by a shepherd once that sometimes this was done as a "Joke" if a griffon was caught on the ground after a big feed and unable to fly.

It is very unlikely that this bell was attached by accident... There is no way that the circumference of a griffon vulture neck is exactly the same as a goats or sheeps neck... The strap had to be placed and tightened by a person in my opinion....

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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2008, 23:32 PM »
Its mentioned on this site now

http://meneame.net/story/quien-puso-cascabel-al-buitre

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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2008, 00:40 AM »
Thank you for answering so quickly Clive! I really think it has been a good idea to join this forum.

The vulture i received was a young male ( not more than two years old) and was captured because the belt of the bell was trapped with some iron parts of a gate near Rascafria.
i was very surprised because he belonged to a controlled group of vultures of the north of Spain ( the ring had been installed in Pais Vasco),and he was found in Madrid.


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