As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday 23 May 2018

Lappet-faced vulture tracked by satellite takes flight to Oman

Endangered species being tracked by Dubai Municipality’s Environment Department
Published: 16:29 May 8, 2018

An endangered lappet-faced vulture, the first vulture to be tracked by satellite in the UAE to determine its migratory path, was re-released at a ceremony held in Dubai’s Al Marmoum Desert Conservation Reserve.

Named Gareh 1, it was first attached with a satellite tracking transmitter with the number 41622 by the Environment Department of Dubai Municipality on March 14, the civic body said in a press release.

Gareh 1 stayed in the protected area of the reserve after the release for about 36 days, during which he adapted to the natural environment in the reserve.

Gradually, he joined the other group of vultures in the reserve to begin the journey back to the wild and took off to its migration path on April 19.

He was reportedly flying at 82 km/h speed in case of free flight and a speed of 55 km/h in case of soaring through the Hatta area, which is the main crossing for the vultures that breed in Oman to continue his journey on the same day to the province of Al Dhahra in Oman.

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