Rare bird captured… on photo
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.