First job this afternoon was for us to meet with Chris Packham and his team, plus a reporter and photographer from the Sun.
We had an injured Turtle dove, which one of the teams came across sitting on a curb in the early hours. It had an open wound to it’s neck, a wrong looking eye, and a badly damaged wing. The crew filmed Chris talking with Fiona, CABS’ Wildlife Crime Officer based on Malta, and close ups of the grim dove injuries. We then handed the bird over to the police. It’s doubtful that the bird is repairable.
The Packham crew then headed off to see a damaged Kestrel.
We visited a site where illegal mist nets had been found a few days earlier. There was trapping stuff and aviaries everywhere hidden amongst woodland. It gave me the creeps. Somehow it reminded me of a terrifying Australian film, where backpackers were taken, kept, tortured and murdered. But a bird version.
Next a valley where shots were being fired. In the afternoon/evening. Curfew is 1pm. They were firing at harriers and kestrels. One of our teams has footage of a Kestrel being hit, a BirdLife Malta team captured a harrier being hit. I saw the footage. It’s shocking. The police did come and patrolled the valley by foot.
We also saw Hobby, and a large number of Bee eaters arriving.
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