Flamingo is third casualty of illegal hunting within days of start of season

A flamingo was recovered by a fisherman from the sea off the coast of Gozo in the third illegal hunting casualty recorded since the start of the autumn hunting season on 1 September.

The fisherman saw the injured flamingo floating while he was out at sea and called Birdlife Malta, which said it was an adult flamingo with serious injuries and covered in blood.

Illegal hunting of flamingos “is not a new phenomenon in Malta”, Nick Barbara said in a video posted on Facebook (reproduced below), referring to the incident at Qawra Point a year ago.

“This is a protected bird. Hunting flamingos is completely illegal, and the act carries huge fines. But it seems hunters in Malta insist on targeting these birds,” Barbara added.

The Greater Flamingo recovered with gunshot wounds on 3 September 2022

He blamed the government’s “enabling” of illegal hunting through policy changes. The flamingo is highly sought after for hunters’ collections of stuffed birds.

Birdlife Malta said it had also received a Black-crowned Night-heron that was recovered by police in Dingli and a Eurasian Collared-dove found by a member of the public in Attard.

The conservation organisation said the two illegal hunting casualties were recovered in less than 24 hours on the first day of the season.

“All three birds were taken to the Malta government vet who confirmed they were illegally shot,” Birdlife said.

The autumn hunting season runs for five months until the end of January 2023.

                           
                               
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Lawrence Mifsud
Lawrence Mifsud
26 days ago

‘researh’ is the game!

Joseph Tabone Adami
Joseph Tabone Adami
26 days ago

But subsidised ‘research’, we have been told, covers only song birds and turtle-doves.

I did not know that jn our Island we also have experts in flamingo migration habits. Well, it seems we do have them, after all.

Brian Borg
Brian Borg
26 days ago
Joseph Tabone Adami
Joseph Tabone Adami
26 days ago
Reply to  Brian Borg

Not that most of us have read, or heard, of, Mr Borg, But do not worry – our institutions are fully functional, we are constantly reminded.

Joseph
Joseph
26 days ago

Tort huwa totalment tal-gvern li ma jimportah xejn hlief min dawk ta’rieda tajba. Izda min nies hlief mohhom gl’ispararau r-rix

Marjo
Marjo
26 days ago

This government just does not want to leave it’s seat so it will promise anything to anyone for the vote. It is a pity that the murderers’ votes seem more important to the people in power than the others vote and good governance, whatever that is, is just a battle cry for this shitty government.

Joseph
Joseph
25 days ago
Reply to  Marjo

Right answer.

Joseph
Joseph
25 days ago

Barbari of todays Nature World. With a handful aid of our super Labour dictator.

Rusty williams
Rusty williams
25 days ago

This had got to stop Malta must obey the rules. It does not in any respect whether driving speed limits or shooting protected birds. Down to the government

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