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Canarian Egyptian Vulture | by Chris B@rlow
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Canarian Egyptian Vulture

(Neophron percnopterus majorensis)

 

Only found on Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, known locally as the Guirres.

 

Despite numbers supposed to be improving on Fuerteventura this was still a tricky bird to connect with seeing just 1 in the first half of the trip, I probably shouldn't have been surprised it spent long enough as my European bogey bird despite several holidays in areas where everyone else said I'd definitely see one.

 

A visit to Barranco de Rio Cabras soon fixed that, the area to park to walk to the Barranco was on the approach road to the island's main tip and a visit at first light saw well over a dozen sat on the tops of the pylons, no point flying to a natural roost point further away from a food source !

 

Rather annoyingly I failed to get any sharp images of adults in flight despite plenty of opportunities as they either flew too close or were into the sun in the bright conditions. This dark juvenile was the best I got as it flew overhead towards the tip.

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Taken on February 20, 2019