Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 19:31
Special cameras give rare insight of Yelkouan Shearwater colonies
Birdlife Malta is offering bird lovers a rare insight into the intimate behaviour of Malta’s Yelkouan Shearwaters, through the use of specially designed cameras to observe their behaviour up close.
Captured on trail cameras, the recordings give the public the rare chance to witness the secretive lives of these rarely-seen seabirds as well as giving an insight into their breeding period from their homes deep within coastal cliffs.
The project, which aims to help conserve this vulnerable and protected species, uses cameras with no white flash or sounds for minimum disturbance, to record the daily occurrences of two particular nesting sites within Yelkouan Shearwater colonies – one at l-Irdum tal-Madonna in Mellieħa and another at Majjistral Nature and History Park.
L-Irdum tal-Madonna is where the main colony of this elusive species can be found, with around 500 breeding pairs.