Vultures in Monfrague

Vultures in Monfrague

Vultures in Monfrague, a sad day for someone and radiant for so many others.

During the hunting of deer and wild boar, the protagonists of the Mediterranean forest of Monfrague go through a bad experience, for others, an extraordinary day.

The silence is present in the Mediterranean forest, early, in the morning shooting and barking of dogs starts to alert the vultures in Monfrague, whose observe guarding with perseverance.

Smells of blood, although the vultures do not have developed their sense of smell, they survived thanks to its powerful view, able to spot dead and dying animals in kilometres.

Vultures in Monfrague, winged giants weighing up to 10 Kg, reach spans of 2.90 m in Black vultures and up to 2.70 on the Griffon, lack prehensile force in its claws, because of that, their survival will not be based on hunting, but in the carrion, and can tear with their powerful beaks.

The next day to the hunting day, vultures in Monfrague will enjoy a feast, a day expected throughout the year.

They are hungrier than normal, in the field since some year ago, the law mandates to remove all the dead animals, but they rely on luck that some dead prey or some viscera are abandoned in the field.

Hundreds of vultures are hanging from the sky, flying over the cold skies of winter in Monfrague. Gradually, more and more individuals are congregating. Taking advantage of the thermal currents, Black and Griffon Vultures raise flying in search of carrion.

Black Vultures who tend to prefer corpses of smaller preys, such as foxes, hares… today are mixed together with hundreds of Griffon vultures. A huge part of the birds of Mediterranean forest are worried, kites, magpies, crows, Azure-winged magpies…  Vultures perceive this fuss and with its powerful views can see the reflection of the metallic flashes of the plumage of the crows.

Silence is made and the vultures begin to fall down one by one, with their legs extended.

The role of vultures in ecosystems is very important, at the same time that essential to keep it healthy. They are maximum recyclers of the matter, taking advantage of the last stage of the cycle of energy, which will be subsequently returned to Earth, once they die, to feed other vultures and other animals and to be part of the same organic matter that makes up the Earth.

It would end the life cycle, a closed-loop in which nothing is wasted, which would be a perfect cycle, return to earth everything that has given us.

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