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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A little variety

Just when I was tiring of looking at week after week of Assamo staying in and around Adigala, Ethiopia, he varied his behaviour just a bit.  During 5-19 November, most of the activity was in the vicinity of Adigala, but on 10-11 November Assamo headed northeast as far as the Djibouti border near Dewele, a move of about 100 km, one way.  At one point Assamo was < 500 m from being back in Djibouti.
127589's movements during 5-19 November 2013.  The more southerly cluster of locations is the town of Adigala.  The most northerly is near Dewele.
Also, electrical infrastructure including pylons can pose threats to vultures, but they are also ideal perching locations.  See below.

Locations at a power pylon. Power infrastructure can pose threats to vultures, but in this case Assamo used the pylon as a perching place.
If you are interested in sooty falcon migration that we are tracking then have a look at our other blog  http://sootyfalcon.blogspot.co.at/

Also, don't forget to visit the Vulture Chronicles, where news about hooded vultures is available http://hawkmountain.wordpress.com/


  1. Great to see that Assamo, the tagged bird started to move heading to Djibouti after it settled almost more than 4 months near Adigala in Ethiopia.

    The blog about sooty falcons is interesting. Djibouti also hosts sooty a small breeding population at Seven Brother Islands in the Djibouti side of the Bab El Mandeb straights in the East Gate the Red Sea. I see that sooty falcon “individual with number 11534” tagged in 2010 in Oman, crossed in the Southern end of my country before ending its migration as far as Madagascar and back.

    Houssein A. Rayaleh
    Djibouti Nature

    1. Yes, it has been a little unfair that Assamo has not (yet) spent much time in Djibouti. It is interesting that he also does not seem to be a breeder. I wonder what he will do when spring comes around... migrate, set up a territory in the Horn of Africa, or do what he has done in 2013.

      If you want I can post some of the sooty falcon pictures you sent from Djibouti onto the sooty falcon blog. For readers that don't know what we are talking about... Have a look at these http://sootyfalcon.blogspot.co.at/ or http://sootyfalconoman.blogspot.co.at/

    2. Yes, from now up to March, let see how it behave. For the sooty falcon pictures, yes of course, you can post them onto the sooty falcon blog.

      As, I said, the study done on the sooty falcon is very interesting. In the coming spring may be we will see Assamo, jumping the Bab el Mandeb Straiths to breed where the migratory population of the Egyptian vultures usually breed.