Good news! BirdLife Malta released two Greater Flamingos yesterday following a short period of care at their facilities.
The NGO uploaded a video of the two juvenile flamingos being released back to the wild over at the Għadira Nature Reserve yesterday.
The two juvenile flamingos were part of the flock that flew over Malta on the 20-21st August and landed on the island after becoming exhausted from their migratory flight.
“Flamingos migrate in flocks of adults and juveniles but the young ones tend to become exhausted and divert from the rest of the flock to get some rest,” BirdLife explained. “This was the case with these two flamingos which got stranded from the flock after landing in the midst of the public in different areas of the Maltese Islands.”
The first landed in Daħlet Qorrot Bay in Gozo, where it was rescued by an ERA officer. The second was recovered by members of the hunting organisation Kaċċaturi San Ubertu at l-Għadira s-Safra the following day.
Both flamingos were taken to the government vet for examination who found them to be weak from migration. After a much-needed recovery period, the flamingos were escorted to the nature reserve to be released back into the wild.
Thanks to continued efforts and efficiency of BirdLife Malta, these juvenile flamingos are back to full health and can continue on their migratory journey!