As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday 7 October 2012

Flamingo flock gunned down during migration

Six birds believed to have been killed or injured in attack by lone hunter

A flock of 40 flamingos came under fire from a lone hunter in Qawra as they flew over Salina, according to a bird conser­vation group.

Birdlife said three flamingos were thought to have been killed and another three injured after the hunter shot at the migrating birds.

The army yesterday rescued an injured flamingo that was floundering in the sea off St Paul’s Bay while Birdlife volunteers kept watch over a second injured bird that remained at the Salina salt pans.

The flamingo rescued at sea could not fly because of its injuries and was taken to the Government’s veterinary service for treatment.

Discussions were under way with the animal welfare agency on how best to capture the second flamingo for rehabilitation.

The shooting incident happened on Wednesday in full view of passers-by, according to Birdlife.


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