I wasn’t doing a lot of sketching during these years as the advent of the compact camera had sort of replaced it as a note taking tool. You can see it in my sketches too. The camera is handy as an aide mémoire, and I use it a lot but since this time I have returned to my sketch pad, because nothing makes you pay attention better than drawing. Still, even not-so-good sketches have a certain energy….
Since I started writing these post I came across some of the stories about three vultures the were permanent residents. Pepina, Cerko and the aforementioned Torgas…or Torgos actually..
Pepina was born in 1997 and that same year she found injured on a road side. She had been shot. After several months she was released but as she spent several days on someones roof the centre took her back again. They tried once more to release her but she ended up in someones garden looking for food. She liked the company of humans, to play with them, especially if she was given a piece of cloth.
Cerko was found in the sea in 2006. After nearly a year he was released but after a month he returned to the area around the shelter. He spent some time on someones roof and then he was released once more but found at a campsite in Pula across the water in Istria. As he was losing weight each time he was released it was decided to keep him permanently.
Torgos was found in 2001 by a fisherman. He is an African rather than Eurasian griffon, and usually found in the Sudan and southern Africa though their numbers are reduced. As he was found with rope on his legs he was assumed to be domesticated and unable to survive in the wild.
Oh yes, I nearly forgot. Here’s a dead sheep and some vultures eating it. If you’re a bit sensitive, don’t be eating your breakfast while you’re looking at this. Or maybe just don’t look…