Yay its #inktober! And day one brings you: Gypaetus barbatus in #ink and #watercolor. The bearded vulture (Bartgeier) used to be extinct in Switzerland by the end of the 19th century it was deliberately decimated and finally exterminated. A hundred years later an international programme was launched for its reintroduction in the Alps. Thanks to extensive efforts the magnificent birds are slowly populating the mountains again but they remain critically endangered. The bearded vulture is the...
Bearded Vulture Just a reminder:the natural diet of these birds is BONES. Not just bone marrow; actual bone shards. They pick up huge freaking bones from carcasses and drop them onto rocks until they get spiky pieces and then they swallow them. Their stomach acid dissolves bone. Also fact: when sufficiently threatened, they’ve been observed to deliberately puke on the threat.