Tizón – the young Egyptian vulture tagged in Spain – really seems to like Mali – that´s where he has spent most of his time since he crossed the Sahara Desert last October – he is currently in the West of the country.
Tizón was found disoriented and suffering malnutrition last August in Extremadura, and after a short period of rehabilitation was released on the 24th September in the Sierra de Hornachos with a tag, set up by the Junta de Extremadura (the regional government), AMUS (a local nature conservation NGO) and the VCF (see photo).
Tizón quickly migrated through Morocco and crossed the desert through Mauritania but then spent a few weeks in October on the Mauritania-Mali border. He then embarked on a long trip, first going south (almost reaching Bamako, Mali´s capital), then flying East into Burkina Faso, before returning west to the Mali-Mauritania border, continuing all the way west into Senegal, before now making a u-turn back to western Mali, where he is at the moment (see the map).
To be continued!