Monday, 13 July 2009


This adult RUPPELL'S GRIFFON VULTURE has been visiting a Eurasian Griffon Vulture colony in EAST PORTUGAL now for at least seven years.
Lee Gregory obtained these excellent images on a recent visit in June.
The bird is rather erratic in its presence at the site, often roosting overnight and present during the morning and then at other times, visiting just briefly in the afternoons. It seems that dull days are best, when rain or overcast conditions prevent the vultures from soaring.
The Griffon colony is on the side of the Castelo Branco River, Portalegro, just south of Vila Velha de Rodao village, just SE of the IP2, 25 kms from Castelo Branco town. There is an observation platform from where one can view.
Lee G R Evans

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