The Bearded Vulture is probably one of the most incredible and amazing birds which can be observed in the Iberian Peninsula. In Picos de Europa National Park, like in other European mountains, the Bearded Vulture became extinct in the early-20th century due to the use of poisons and the indiscriminate hunting. Since then, this astonishing scavenger bird only could be seen on Pyrenees.
From 2005, the Bearded Vulture Foundation (FCQ) is developing a project for its reintroduction in Picos de Europa National Park. As a result of this project, the Bearded Vulture is returning to these incredible mountains. Nowadays, these young birds released every year from 2010 are getting that other wild Bearded Vultures from the Pyirenees can be observed in these mountains.
Previously to the release of the birds, the FCQ has developed a hard work that is summarized in the Centre for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development “Mountains of the Bearded Vulture”.
The route will start in the Centre for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development “Mountains of the Bearded Vulture” in Benia de Onís, where a biologist belonged to the staff of FCQ, will accompany us in the centre with a guided visit and show us the most interesting aspects about the Bearded Vulture and the reintroduction project.
After that, the specialized guide will be our guide in Picos de Europa National Park, trying to find the Bearded Vultures.
BIRD TARGET. During the journey other birds, especially raptors, could be observed: Golden Eagle, Short-Toed Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Red-Billed Chough, Yellow-Billed Chough and many other mountain paserines