Since the end of Raptor Camp last Sunday, BirdLife Malta surveillance teams and birdwatchers have witnessed widespread illegal hunting, including the targeting of a lesser spotted eagle and two black storks, rare protected migrants in the Maltese islands.
BirdLife said in a statement that yesterday afternoon a Black Stork was witnessed dropping out of the sky after several shots were fired on it in the Wied Fulija area.
Another was seen flying behind a copse of trees in Xaghra tal-Isqof, following which a barrage of shots was heard.
A BirdLife surveillance team then saw a person talking on the radio and heard radio communication instructing people to keep searching the ground for a downed bird.
Yesterday morning, three BirdLife Malta surveillance teams surrounded the Buskett area to ensure that a Lesser Spotted Eagle, which roosted in the area for the night, could safely leave the islands.
The eagle was shot at once as it flew low after leaving its roost, but fortunately gained height and was seen heading out to sea.
BirdLife said that on Wednesday, it was informed by a member of the public about a Honey Buzzard trying to swim at Paradise Bay, bleeding through its mouth. More....