Friday, 20 May 2011
White Storks hunted down
The largest flock of White Storks ever recorded in Malta shot at from several different locations, as the birds sought overnight shelter in Malta.
At least six the 200-strong flock of storks were seen to be shot down, while another injured stork was recovered but had to be euthanized by a vet. Another two injured storks were recorded in flight with dangling legs and missing feathers. A shot Glossy Ibis another rare migratory bird for Malta, was also received by BirdLife from Zabbar.
The flock of 200 White Storks arrived in Malta on 18 May,. The BirdLife Malta office immediately informed the police and mobilised its field teams to monitor the birds and ensure their safety.
Source: Birdlife International