“Picture the scene: high limestone cliffs on the right, reaching up into the azure sky and more limestone cliffs plunging down to the jade blue Mediterranean on the left. I’ve just driven through Episkopi and I’m enjoying the view when suddenly, something catches my eye. A huge bird launches itself from the cliff-top onto the thermals. Wow! Breath-taking! I’ve never seen a bird with such an impressive wingspan, ever before. So, I have to find out what this amazing creature is. It’s a Griffon Vulture”.
For British author Judy Brulo it was only a matter of time before a love affair with vultures began. Living not too far from Episkopi Cliffs in Cyprus back in the early 90s, Judy was lucky enough to often see Griffon Vultures swirling in the thermals. Fascinated by these resplendent creatures during her years in Cyprus, Judy began writing adventure stories for her son, combining the rich history of the island with the magnificence of Griffon Vultures. Fast forward to today, and she has written three children's books with a Griffon Vulture as the protagonist.
Vulture Island Trilogy
As a result, Judy has published two children’s books titled ‘Revenge of the Servants of the Gods’ and the award-winning ‘The Mystery of the Never-ending Universe’ with one more currently in the editing stage coming to complete the trilogy: Swords in the Sky – The Ultimate Sacrifice. Merging history with mythology, reality with fantasy, Judy has crafted engaging stories that follow the adventures of Luke, a 10-year-old boy and his friend Griff, the super-normal Griffon Vulture, on the Mediterranean island of Ýpas Nisí, or Vulture Island. Together, the two friends venture into thrilling adventures, where friendship and bravery prevail over shortcomings and dangers. The latest book, which will be made available in the coming months, was inspired by the recent European Vulture Conference organized by the Vulture Conservation Foundation (VCF) last October and deals with the need for balancing green energy with the environment, or as in this case, the effects that a badly-placed wind farm could have on big birds of prey, such as vultures.