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Monday, March 25, 2013

Fitting Egyptian vulture with GPS satellite transmitter

After trapping the adult Egyptian vulture, we moved away from the abattoir and into the shade.  There we fitted the vulture with a 40 gram GPS-PTT using a backpack harness.  The transmitter is solar powered and so has a theoretical life of some years.  It is programmed to acquire 8 GPS locations per day and send data every 2.5 days. 

Fitting GPS transmitter to Egyptian vulture.
 We also fitted this bird with a numbered metal ring from our Bulgarian colleagues.  We weighed and measured it and took a bunch of photos before we released it!  Before releasing it, we gave it the name "Assamo".
Releasing Egyptian vulture wearing GPS transmitter.

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