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Monday, March 25, 2013

Trapping Egyptian vulture at Tajoura, Djibouti

Tajoura is the provincial capital of the Tajoura region of Djibouti, and has about 25,000 inhabitants. It is located on the northern coast of the Gulf of Tajoura.  Every morning domestic animals are slaughtered at the seaside abattoir in Tajoura, and this attracts numbers of Egyptian vultures.  When we visited this site on 1 March about 60 vultures of all ages were present; when we visited on 11 March there were about 25 and on 12 March there were about 18.
Tajoura abattoir at about 0900 in the morning.  Egyptian vultures (of all ages), Indian house crows and domestic cats can be seen
 On 11 March, at about 0830 we trapped a single adult Egyptian vulture and fitted it with a GPS satellite-received radio transmitter, and a Bulgarian Society for Protection of Birds numbered metal ring..
Houssein with an adult Egyptian vulture.  Note vulture's crop is full of food after a morning at the abattoir.


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