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Madagaskar: September 2013 to July 2014

In early May, Meinrad Ackermann sent great photos to us of a young vulture that he was able to observe in the Weisstannental. In the photos the foot rings are visible, with which we mark every bearded vulture individually. This enabled us to identify this individual clearly as Madagaskar. Like his friend Sardona, he also appeared this year at the rewilding place, this was only shortly after the release of the two young vultures Noel-Leya and Schils.

The opportunity for a great comparison came when the now three-year Madagaskar landed next to Sardona on a rock: The breast feathers of Madagaskar appeared silver but those of Sardona shone rust-red. The red colour of Sardona comes from bathing in the iron oxide-containing mud. We hope that we can continue to observe Madagaskar in Sarganserland.



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  • Friday, 30.08.2013
    Madagaskar: May to August 2013
    Mid-May we received the good news that Madagaskar had been spotted in the Weisstannental and had, therefore, found the way back to the Sarganserland. ...
  • Tuesday, 30.04.2013
    Madagaskar: December 2012 to April 2013
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  • Thursday, 29.11.2012
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  • Monday, 30.07.2012
    Madagaskar: March to July 2012
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  • Wednesday, 30.11.2011
    Madagaskar: September to November 2011:
    As was seen shortly after the release, of the young birds in the Calfeisental Madagaskar is the one who most enjoys flying. Thus, Madagaskar is the on...
  • Wednesday, 31.08.2011
    Madagaskar: June to August 2011
    Madagaskar has settled down to life in the Calfeisental even though, at the beginning of the release process, he was bullied by his two bigger colleag...
  • Tuesday, 31.05.2011
    Madagaskar: March to May 2011
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