Scopoli’s shearwaters off Malta

This video says about itself:

LIFE+ Malta Seabird Project: A Life of Sound

30 June 2015

Seabirds have some truly amazing calls. In this video you will hear…

Storm Petrel, 30 jun. 2015

Seabirds have some truly amazing calls. In this video you will hear…

Storm Petrel, Yelkouan & Scopoli’s Shearwater sound recordings recorded during the project. In the darkness of a cave or whilst flying at night, vocal communications are often how individuals communicate with each other.

From daily The Independent in Malta:

Secretive birds: BirdLife Malta members enjoying shearwaters at sunset

Saturday, 11 July 2015, 14:38

Over two hundred people have set sail on BirdLife Malta’s sunset boat trips to experience the natural spectacle of hundreds of incoming Scopoli’s shearwaters (ċiefa) as they return to their nests deep in the Ta’ Cenc cliffs, Gozo, the NGO said.

During the trips, participants were able to see these amazing birds up close as some 800 birds surrounded the boats. The adult birds spend all day at sea, finding food to bring back to their single chick. Secretive birds, shearwaters will only return to their nest under cover of darkness; and at dusk hundreds of birds may be seen gathering together on the sea waiting to return to their young.

Malta is home to 5% of the world’s Scopoli’s shearwaters, with 1000 pairs nesting at Ta’ Cenc alone. The EU LIFE+ Malta Seabird Project, led by BirdLife Malta, has been researching their lives with the aim of creating Marine Protected Areas to safeguard Malta’s seabirds.

BirdLife Malta is organising further boat trips in August, open to members and the general public. Interested readers can email ‘’.

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