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Dutch Birding volume 25 (2003) no 3


Egyptian Vulture at Epen in May 2001

On 24 May 2001 just before dark, an adult Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus was discovered flying over Epen, Limburg, in the most south-eastern part of the Netherlands. Next morning, over 30 birders were lucky when the bird reappeared at c 10:00 and slowly flew off in a north-westerly direction. The identification was straightforward, based on the bird's size, mainly black and white plumage, slender yellow bill with dark tip and wedge-shaped tail. The bill colouration indicated that the bird belonged to the nominate subspecies. This record constitutes the first Egyptian Vulture for the Netherlands.

Hans van Oosterhout, Loosdrechtseweg 31, 1215 JM Hilversum, Nederland