This is a video of an Estonian lesser spotted eagle, feeding an eaglet at its nest.
From the Bognor Regis Observer in Britain:
Rare bird killers caught by chance
Published Date: 04 June 2009
Hunters who killed a protected bird which was flying to Europe have been convicted thanks to a chance encounter with a Scottish animal welfare investigator.
His account – and video footage of the shooting – helped convict the men, who were fined thousands of euros by a Maltese court this week.
Mr Elliot, based in Edinburgh, was called to the islands to help the RSPB’s partner charity BirdLife Malta. He said: “The illegal killing of birds of prey is happening across Europe.
“In the UK, we are familiar with the illegal killing of birds of prey, such as hen harrier, red kite and even golden eagle but even I have been staggered by the scale of the slaughter in Malta, which must have the highest number of incidents of anywhere in Europe.”
Mr Elliot usually helps Scottish authorities catch hunters and rare egg collectors as well as appearing as an expert witness in wildlife crime cases.
The RSPB said fewer than a “handful” of lesser spotted eagles pass through Malta on their way from Africa to north-east Europe each year, making the bird a highly prized trophy.
Duncan Orr-Ewing, head of species at the charity, said officers are called out to the islands every year to lend their expertise. He added: “It can be a bit of a chance encounter. People go to great lengths to shoot these birds. They don’t do it to eat them, it’s a huge thing there to have stuffed rare birds.”
Philip Tanti and his accomplice Joseph Camilleri were caught by Mr Elliot and observers from Raptor Camp, a network organised by BirdLife Malta, on September 28 last year.
The RSPB said Tanti “also possessed 15 protected species” and was fined 2,500 euros. He had his shooting licence withdrawn for one year and his shotgun confiscated. Camilleri was fined 1,800 euros and had his licence withdrawn for a year.
See also here.
Lesser spotted eagle shot in Malta as illegal bird hunt continues: here.
Golden eagle poisoned in West Scotland: here.
Scottish golden eagles spared wind farm threat: here.
Red kites in Scotland: here.
Scotland Red kites number reach highest level for 150 years: here.
Scottish golden eagle: here.
Hen harriers, Terschelling: here.
Red kites spreading into England from Wales: here.
Red kite poisoning a problem across Europe: here.