Terrible bird hunting in Malta

A honey buzzard.

A honey buzzard.

A short-eared owl

A short-eared owl

A hobby

A hobby

A purple heron

A purple heron

Recently, it has been the awful Maltese bird hunting season.  Hunters with no regard for wildlife carelessly shoot any bird that flies into sight, anything from warblers to marsh harriers.  This year, 32 species of protected bird have been illegally shot, including hobby, black kite, honey buzzard, turtle dove, greater flamingo and purple heron and more.  But help is at hand; Birdlife Malta have been doing a brilliant job helping shot birds recover and rehabilitate them, among these birds are flamingos, sparrowhawks, nightjars and a black kite.  Also, lots of people have been going to Cyprus and freeing birds from sticks coating in sticky lyme.  Please visit Birdlife Malta’s website, birdlifemalta.org, and watch their clips or donate if you like.