Simar nature reserve in Malta

This 9 April 2020 video from Malta says about itself:

Integrated Science Fieldwork at Simar Nature Reserve

An Integrated Science Fieldwork virtual lesson for Year 7 (Form 1) students at Simar Nature Reserve. This video will help students do the fieldwork from their home [now that there is the coronavirus crisis].

Simar nature reserve in Malta, video

This 3 April 2020 video, in Maltese with English subtitles, says about itself:

A visit to Simar Nature Reserve

A virtual educational visit to Simar Nature Reserve for Year 3 students. This video will help students do the Social Studies fieldwork from their home. Use these links to download the worksheets:

* Year 3 Social Studies Worksheet, Simar Nature Reserve:

* Year 3 Social Studies Worksheet Għadira Nature Reserve:

This is a temporary service provided by BirdLife Malta due to the COVID-19 situation, and will remain in effect until schools reopen. Once things get back to normal, the fieldwork has to be done in one of BirdLife Malta’s nature reserves or at Lunzjata Valley (for Gozitan schools).

Birds at Maltese nature reserve

This 12 March 2020 video from Malta says about itself:

Birds at Għadira Nature Reserve

From White Wagtails and Chiffchaffs to Stonechats, from a Water Rail to a Moorhen, here is a video edit with footage of different bird species observed during the past weeks at our Għadira Nature Reserve.

Għadira is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm. We are also open during the week on Mondays and Thursdays from 2pm to 6pm. Entry to the reserve is free of charge but donations are welcome!

Footage and editing by Aron Tanti. Original music by Francesco Tanti.

White storks rest on church in Malta

This video says about itself:

Some of the White Storks which visited Malta in March 2020 roosted for several nights around Mosta and Birkirkara. The storks spent more than a week on Malta.

Notably, four of them settled for several nights on the steeple of St. Theresa’s Church in Birkirkara. Members of the public took photos and footage of these majestic birds in this urban setting.

White Storks (Ċikonja Bajda in Maltese) are large birds, tall, with a 155-200 cm wingspan. They are completely white except for the black wing flight feathers, and their red bill and legs, which are black on juveniles. They walk slowly and steadily on the ground. Like all storks, the White Stork flies with its neck outstretched. For us in Malta, the White Stork is a rare migrant, both in spring and autumn. It is more common in autumn than in spring.

Footage and editing by Nathaniel Attard.

Sick Polish black-headed gull recovered in Malta

This 21 February 2020 video says about itself:

Earlier in February 2020 we got called by a fisherman who rescued this Black-headed Gull off St Thomas Bay in Malta. To our surprise, the gull bore colour rings denoting its origin from Poland.

A quick look at its history from our EURING partners revealed to us that this bird was originally ringed as a one-year-old near Warsaw in Poland on 24th November 2018. It was also spotted last year at Salina Nature Reserve on 10th February 2019, and had also been wintering back at Salina this year along with the thousands of gulls that find refuge here in winter.

After some time under our care, this Black-headed Gull returned healthy and has once again been released at Salina. We hope it returns safely to Poland to raise the next generation of Black-headed Gulls that will visit Salina once again in winter!

Watch this video documenting the gull’s release back into the wild at Salina on 21st February. Salina Park Manager Manuel Mallia also speaks about BirdLife Malta’s own colour-ringing project, specifically for Mediterranean Gulls.

Footage by Samuel Henderson. Editing by Nathaniel Attard.

Rehabilitated kestrels released on Comino, Malta

This 24 January 2020 video says about itself:

Another two Common Kestrels (Spanjulett) were recently released back into the wild following a period of rehabilitation.

Both kestrels were recovered in November and December 2019 during the ongoing autumn hunting season, and confirmed by the Government veterinarian to have been illegally shot. One suffered injuries to the left foot and wing, whilst the other suffered damage to the head.

These birds were released on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 on Comino, a protected bird sanctuary where no hunting is permitted, and where they are able to acclimatise before carrying on their migration journey.

Footage by Steph Leow. Editing by Jose Luque Montero.

Maltese kestrels freed after recovery

This 17 January 2019 video says about itself:

Three rehabilitated Common Kestrels released on Comino

Another three Common Kestrels were released back into the wild by BirdLife Malta following a period of rehabilitation.

Two of the Common Kestrels (Spanjulett) were illegal hunting casualties found by members of the public during the 2019 autumn hunting season, both during November. One of the shot kestrels was from Nadur in Gozo, and was delivered to our nature reserve at Għadira, whilst the other shot kestrel was picked up by ALE police from Santa Luċija.

The third female kestrel was found underweight and tired in Żejtun also in November 2019. Following some weeks in our care, the government vet gave her approval for all three birds to be released.

These birds were released on Friday, 10th January 2020 on Comino, a protected bird sanctuary where no hunting is permitted, and they are able to acclimatise before carrying on their migration journey.

Footage and editing by Jose Luque Montero.