Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Black Griffon (Aegypius monachus)

On January 31, 2007 on our way to the training in Northeast China while still on the Russian side of the border we came across a huge flock of Black Griffons. This vulture is becoming increasingly rare in Russia Far East and to see such a huge flock was indeed a sight to behold. I am an avid bird watcher, but have had few opportunities here in Russia so far. So this was doubly up exciting for me. Fortunately I had my camera with me and got several shots from the roadside. We counted at least 40 individuals. There were also a few eagles joining this huge party, but I have not as of yet been able to identify what specie(s) they were. When (if) I have identified the specie(s) I will post a follow up comment to this post.

UPDATE March 23, 2007:
The Black Griffon is a rare and endangered species included in the IUCN Red List and CITES II. A local nature organization here in Russia Far East, Phoenix Fund, has been working to conserve the dwindling population that is wintering in the southern portion of Primorskyi Krai. To learn more about their efforst check out this link: Black vultures conservation. Thanks for the information Alex.

For more information on the species refer to IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: Aegypius monachus

1 comment:

Alex said...

Hi Trond,
FYI the Black Vulture is on the IUCN Red List. Phoenix Fund here in primorye has been working together with Tigris Foundation on some research prgram for this bird species. Maybe you can contact them for more information if you are interested. Nice blog you have by the way.