WATCH: Biggest migration of raptors passes over Malta – St Hubert hunters
Yesterday saw one of the biggest migrations of raptors in recent years.
As from 10:30am, raptors, mainly Harries and Buzzards started migrating over and around the Maltese Islands and by 14:00 one could see flocks of over 300 at one time. The migration continued till dusk and most of the raptors did not roost, but continued their journey south, most probably due to the unstable weather over the sea. It was also reported by fishermen that similar number migrated over the sea, past the Maltese islands, so the actual number where even more extraordinary.
The St Hubert Hunters, known in Maltese as Kaccaturi San Ubertu (KSU) would like to thank their members who at this time of the year keep records and spend time in the field for migration observation. KSU members counted hundreds and hundreds, including Falcons and Kites, but the numbers for Harries and Buzzards surpassed the thousand mark.
Friday morning, KSU members continued monitoring the migration, observing the raptors which roosted, leaving early morning to continue their journey. KSU also points out the exceptional behaviour of the majority of hunters, who along with bird watchers took to the field on strategic locations to witness this migration. KSU also notes the lack of publicity by BirdLife Malta and CABS, who only issue press releases when a bird is shot. KSU encourage that such instances of mass migration should be promoted so that people are aware of the numbers that migrate over Malta and could enjoy the spectacle.