Rare bird cap­tured… on photo

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Kac­ca­turi San Ubertu re­port that one of their mem­bers, Mar­cus Camil­leri, one of many KSU mem­bers reg­u­larly par­tic­i­pat­ing with a group of in­de­pen­dent or­nithol­o­gists, first sighted and pho­tographed the Le­vant Spar­rowhawk (Ac­cip­iter bre­vipes) on Mon­day 26 near Verdala Cas­tle, with fur­ther sight­ings by him and other mem­bers of the group on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day. The Le­vant Spar­rowhawk, though rare in the Mal­tese is­lands, has been recorded be­fore by mem­bers of this group.

Con­trary to the per­cep­tion given to hun­ters by a cer­tain sec­tor of so­ci­ety, many to­day en­joy and pho­to­graph the spec­ta­cle of mi­gra­tion in the com­pany of or­nithol­o­gists and whilst hunt­ing.

On cer­tain days this year, weather con­di­tions proved to be ideal for ex­tra­or­di­nary num­bers of rap­tors and other mi­grat­ing birds. The same can­not be said about tur­tle doves, which though abun­dant on the Euro­pean main­land, have by­passed Malta as is nor­mally the case in au­tumn.

KSU en­cour­ages the pub­lic to fol­low the group Birds in the Mal­tese Is­lands

(https://www.face­book.com/groups/1604051273164459/) to at­test where the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween or­nithol­o­gists and hun­ters can ar­rive.

Photo: KSU mem­ber Mar­cus Camil­leri

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