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.
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".
|Fitting GPS transmitter to Egyptian vulture.|
|Releasing Egyptian vulture wearing GPS transmitter.|