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Sardona: September 2013 to July 2014

Much to our delight, we were able to watch Sardona this year regularly in the Calfeisental. He has grown to be a magnificent Bearded Vulture. His plumage colouration already resembles that of an adult Bearded Vulture. The daring flight manoeuvres, which he presents to us repeatedly, show what great flyers Bearded Vultures are.

A frequent companion of Sardona was, as in late summer of 2013, a wild-hatched, three year old Bearded Vulture. Fortunately, we have found a small feather from this Bearded Vulture. This will be analyzed using genetic methods. The results should help us figure out where the Bearded Vulture comes from and which sex it has. Maybe Sardona  has already found a mate! If this is true, we still have to wait a bit, before the first brood is hatched in the Sarganserland. The adolescence of the Bearded Vulture takes a few years and sexual maturity begins only with 5 - 7 years.

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  • Friday, 30.08.2013
    Sardona: February to August 2013
    It has been a long time since we heard any news about Sardona. By now the GPS transmitter and the bleached feathers have all fallen away. This made th...
  • Wednesday, 30.01.2013
    Sardona: April 2012 to January 2013
    The last GPS positions of Sardona show that at the beginning of May 2012, he was still in the region where he was released into the wild. A photo from...
  • Thursday, 29.03.2012
    Sardona: January to March 2012
    “Home is where the heart is” At least, this is what one thinks when one follows the escapades of the Bearded Vulture Sardona. Since his excursion to t...
  • Friday, 30.12.2011
    Sardona: October to December 2011
    It is surprising and nice to see how often Sardona was observed in the last few months. Mostly he could be encountered in the Sarganserland, but also ...
  • Friday, 30.09.2011
    Sardona: July to September 2011
    It would seem that Sardona, after his outing to the North Sea, felt homesick. This was enjoyed by the observation team in the Calfeisental. We were ab...
  • Thursday, 30.06.2011
    Sardona June 2011
    There is an especially delightful tale to tell about the Bearded Vulture male Sardona. At the beginning of the month we received data from his transmi...
  • Tuesday, 31.05.2011
    Sardona: March to May 2011
    At the beginning of March the young, male Bearded Vulture Sardona was to be found on the borders of Cantons Glarus and Schwyz.  However, the desi...
  • Monday, 28.02.2011
    Sardona: January to February 2011
    Sardona was mostly in the area around Sargans and the neighbouring Glarus Alps in January. At the end of January and beginning of February the young b...
  • Thursday, 30.12.2010
    Sardona: October to December 2010
    After some exploratory tours in September, Sardona is staying local in the region of his release and has been spotted a number of times: for example, ...
  • Wednesday, 29.09.2010
    Sardona: September 2010
    Just like Ingenius, Sardona has already been spotted more than once. Mr. Büchel discovered him on the 2nd September right at the far end of the Weisst...
  • Tuesday, 31.08.2010
    Sardona: July/August 2010
    Sardona seems to have a distinct temperament. Sardona flew high even on his first flight, much earlier than we have become used to from other releases...