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The vultures

Between strength and lightness.

Higher than the summits, the powerful raptor with a hooked beak and sharp claws inspects with a disconcerting lightness the Gorges du Verdon in a monacal silence nothing more normal for a monk vulture! Impressive silhouette, never threatening, rectangular, monolithic, unique. This beautiful small chick with a wingspan of almost 2.80 m for a weight of 8 kg, looks like a totem carved in the air, a sailing boat in the heavens.

A successful reintroduction!

Since 1999, vultures have been flying again over the Verdon gorges thanks to passionate ornithologists and various associations, including the French Bird Protection League (LPO). There are now more than 300 individuals, a hundred or so pairs that soar from the cliffs of the Gorges du Verdon and extend their range over 600,000 hectares.

  

Did you know?

During the nesting period of vultures and other cliff-nesting birds, some climbing routes are to be avoided.

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What is the best time to observe them?

Raptors wait for the warming of the atmosphere to create thermal ascendancies so that they can climb in the air effortlessly. Later in the morning, they will then go looking for food in small groups.

They will hover for most of the day and especially in the early evening, making large circles over the gorge.

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With passionate guides

Nature outings adapted to all are offered in July and August, in partnership with the Bird Protection League PACA and the ‘Insolite nature’ association in Rougon. In the heart of the Verdon in a magnificent landscape surrounded by a thousand and one sounds. You will be able to observe these giants of the air and enjoy explanations about their life and their manners during an easy 2-hour walk accompanied by specialists.

Discovery trip of the Vultures

3 good reasons to observe vultures

 Contemplatetheir agility

remain in static flight in the midst of wind gusts.

Becoming Awareof their size

The distance between the ends of their wings can be up to 2m80!

To be luckyto see them as closely as possible

it’s the ‘Wow!’ effect when they pass two metres above our heads.

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