The whereabouts of young Cape Vultures after leaving their natal colony is still unknown. We don’t know where they fly, how far they travel, if they settle at other colonies or if they come back to the colony where they were born once they are old enough for breeding. However, understanding the movement of Cape Vultures among the remaining populations in Southern Africa is crucial for developing conservation strategies for the species.
In our project, we investigate the movement behavior of immature Cape Vultures with the help of modern satellite telemetry. In January 2013, five first-year birds were fitted with satellite transmitters at a colony near Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve in South Africa. The transmitters record and transfer their movement data for 12 hours each day. The first months of data have shown us that some of our youngsters have left their home colony and have travelled far distances to meet other vultures several hundreds of kilometers away.
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