Second shot Marsh Harrier received by BirdLife, this time in Malta
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The second, confirmed shot Marsh Harrier in a week was received by BirdLife Malta, this time in Malta.
The NGO, in a statement said that, the protected bird of prey, with evident gunshot injuries, was found by cyclists on the ground on Sunday morning at Mizieb.
It added that, “he hunters’ federation FKNK (Federazzjoni Kaccaturi Nassaba Konservazzjonisti) claims that the land where this protected bird of prey was found shot is theirs.”
BirdLife Malta stated that, “quail hunting is not typically carried out in Mizieb as this area lacks the ideal habitat for it. So any hunting that happens there these days is likely for protected species, like in this case.”
The Marsh Harrier was recovered and passed to BirdLife Malta, who confirmed the bird had sustained gunshot injuries to both wings.
It said that that injuries to the right wing were particularly bad, The illegally shot bird of prey was also very skinny and it may have been shot a few days before.
Marsh Harriers are common migrants to the Maltese Islands, occurring in large numbers in both the spring and autumn. At this time of the year they will be making their journey to their breeding grounds across northern Europe.
The video seen above was edited before the protected bird was examined by the vet, who confirmed it was shot, said BirdLife Malta.
Photo by BirdLife Malta