Long-legged Buzzard. Malta, 18 April 2014. Place is being kept undisclosed for the moment for the Safety of the bird.
This is only the 2nd CONFIRMED record for this species to the Maltese Islands. There are many other stuffed birds in hunters collections all over the Islands which were shot illegally and brought to Malta by Maltese hunters from north African countries, and claimed to be taken in Malta! Today's bird was first seen on 16th April by a team of Birdlife Malta's Spring Watch participants. Bird seen hunting for long hours over a large area of land. Hope it will survive the Spring hunting shoot!