Tizón – the Egyptian vulture tagged on the 24th September last year in the Sierra de Hornachos (Extremadura, Spain) – is back to western Mali, which seems to be his preferred wintering grounds.
Tizón was found disoriented and suffering malnutrition last August in Extremadura. After a short period of rehabilitation it was released with a tag, set up by the Junta de Extremadura (the regional government), AMUS (a local nature conservation NGO) and the VCF. The Egyptian Vulture is a globally endangered species, and Spain is one of its strongholds – between 1300 and 1500 pairs breed there, of which 170 in Extremadura.
Tizón has quickly migrated through Morocco and Mauritania but then spent three weeks in October on the Mauritania-Mali border. He has then toured around, almost reaching Bamako, Mali´s capital, and also flew east, into Burkina Faso, before returning west to the Mali-Mauritania border, and then went for a Xmas trip west into Senegal, before making a u-turn back to Mali.
To be continued!