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.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Birds of a rare feather observed together

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.

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