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Nature Picture Library is pleased to support the work of BirdLife Malta, the largest and oldest conservation organisation in Malta. David Tipling travelled to Malta to document their work in campaigning against the controversial spring hunting of migrant songbirds and raptors. David was shocked by the density of hunters on Malta, which left birds with little hope of survival. He
described the scene as reminiscent of a battle zone (with 9000 shots recorded in 3 hours, equating to 1.3 shots per second!) and was shocked to see turtle doves being both trapped and shot. He photographed a number of birds of prey which had been shot, including the extremely rare pallid harrier, and also gave evidence at the trial of a hunter who was apprehended for shooting birds in a protected area. For more information or to support the work of BirdLife Malta, go to www.birdlifemalta.org.
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) adult female shot on Gozo held in hand of Birdlife Malta Volunteer, to be sent to Centro Recupero Fauna Selvatica, a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Sicily. BirdLif...  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) adult female shot on Gozo held in hand of Birdlife Malta Volunteer, to be sent to Centro Recupero Fauna Selvatica, a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Sicily. BirdLif...
Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) used as a decoy by hunters to attract other birds, awaiting release back into the wild, Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) used as a decoy by hunters to attract other birds, awaiting release back into the wild, Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) shot in wing by hunter, dead after being euphanised by vet, placed on newspaper which shows article about hunting, BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp 2013, Malta, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) shot in wing by hunter, dead after being euphanised by vet, placed on newspaper which shows article about hunting, BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp 2013, Malta, April 2013
Hobby (Falco subbuteo) migrant flying over during Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Hobby (Falco subbuteo) migrant flying over during Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013
Hunter on hillside soon after dawn during spring migrations and BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp 2013, Malta,  April 2013. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Hunter on hillside soon after dawn during spring migrations and BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp 2013, Malta, April 2013. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) male in flight, Cley, Norfolk, April  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) male in flight, Cley, Norfolk, April
Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) shot illegally by hunter, during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) shot illegally by hunter, during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013
BirdLife Springwatch Camp volunteer looking at Marsh Harriers (Circus aeruginosus) migrating in off sea, Malta, BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / BirdLife Springwatch Camp volunteer looking at Marsh Harriers (Circus aeruginosus) migrating in off sea, Malta, BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, April 2013
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) adult female shot on Gozo, held in hands of volunteer for Birdlife Malta,  bird to be sent to Centro Recupero Fauna Selvatica, a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Sic...  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) adult female shot on Gozo, held in hands of volunteer for Birdlife Malta, bird to be sent to Centro Recupero Fauna Selvatica, a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Sic...
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) adult female shot on Gozo, recovered by BirdLife Malta to be sent to Centro Recupero Fauna Selvatica, a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Sicily. BirdLife Malta Sprin...  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) adult female shot on Gozo, recovered by BirdLife Malta to be sent to Centro Recupero Fauna Selvatica, a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Sicily. BirdLife Malta Sprin...
Cuckoo which has been shot, held at vets by BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp 2013 volunteer, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Cuckoo which has been shot, held at vets by BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp 2013 volunteer, April 2013
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) shot on Malta, recovered by BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) shot on Malta, recovered by BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013
Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) male in flight, Norfolk  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) male in flight, Norfolk
Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) male had been shot being released back into the wild on Comino, during Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) male had been shot being released back into the wild on Comino, during Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013
Notice placed by hunters in public area to deter the public from using space during huntung season - no legal justification for notices, during Birdlife Malta Springwatch, Malta, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Notice placed by hunters in public area to deter the public from using space during huntung season - no legal justification for notices, during Birdlife Malta Springwatch, Malta, April 2013
Hunters in shooting butt hunting Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur) with live decoy on pole to left of the people, during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Hunters in shooting butt hunting Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur) with live decoy on pole to left of the people, during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta April 2013
Hunter out to shoot Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur) and Quail (Coturnix coturnix) Malta, during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Hunter out to shoot Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur) and Quail (Coturnix coturnix) Malta, during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, April 2013
Hunter looking for Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur) and Quail (Coturnix coturnix) during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013 EDITORIAL USE ONLY  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Hunter looking for Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur) and Quail (Coturnix coturnix) during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013 EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Hunter looking for Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur) and Quail (Coturnix coturnix) during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013. EDITORIAL USE ONLY  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Hunter looking for Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur) and Quail (Coturnix coturnix) during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Hunters looking for Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur) and Quail (Coturnix coturnix) during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Hunters looking for Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur) and Quail (Coturnix coturnix) during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013
Masked hunter in Foresta 2000 reserve, Malta, during Bird Life Malta Springwatch Camp, April 2013 (Very small file) EDITORIAL USE ONLY  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Masked hunter in Foresta 2000 reserve, Malta, during Bird Life Malta Springwatch Camp, April 2013 (Very small file) EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix) migrant, BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix) migrant, BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April
Common Kestrel (Falco tinninculus) migrant in flight during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp 2013, Malta, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Common Kestrel (Falco tinninculus) migrant in flight during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp 2013, Malta, April 2013
Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) migrant on Comino Malta, during BirdLife Malta SpringWatch Camp, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra) migrant on Comino Malta, during BirdLife Malta SpringWatch Camp, April 2013
Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) male, BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp 2013, Malta, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) male, BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp 2013, Malta, April 2013
Nick Barbara and ALE Police officer reviewing video footage of illegal Turtle Dove trapping during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Nick Barbara and ALE Police officer reviewing video footage of illegal Turtle Dove trapping during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp April 2013
ALE (Administrative Law Enforcement) Officers monitoring hunters at Delemarra, Malta, during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / ALE (Administrative Law Enforcement) Officers monitoring hunters at Delemarra, Malta, during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp April 2013
ALE (Administrative Law Enforcement) Police with confiscated turtle doves (Streptopelia turtur) and equipment from dove trapping area, during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / ALE (Administrative Law Enforcement) Police with confiscated turtle doves (Streptopelia turtur) and equipment from dove trapping area, during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, April 2013
Fiona Burrows from BirdLife Malta and ALE (Administrative Law Enforcement) Officer monitoring illegal Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) trappers on hillside, during BirdLife Malta Spring Watch Camp,...  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Fiona Burrows from BirdLife Malta and ALE (Administrative Law Enforcement) Officer monitoring illegal Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) trappers on hillside, during BirdLife Malta Spring Watch Camp,...
ALE (Administrative Law Enforcement) police with confiscated turtle doves (Streptopelia turtur) and equipment from dove trapping area, during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013. No rel...  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / ALE (Administrative Law Enforcement) police with confiscated turtle doves (Streptopelia turtur) and equipment from dove trapping area, during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013. No rel...
BirdLife Malta Officer with seized turtle doves (Streptopelia turtur) and trapping paraphernalia following a police raid on illegal trapping site, during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April...  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / BirdLife Malta Officer with seized turtle doves (Streptopelia turtur) and trapping paraphernalia following a police raid on illegal trapping site, during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April...
Turtle doves (Streptopelia turtur) used as decoys at trapping site raided by police, Malta, during Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Turtle doves (Streptopelia turtur) used as decoys at trapping site raided by police, Malta, during Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, April 2013
ALE (Administrative Law Enforcement) Police with confiscated turtle doves (Streptopelia turtur) and equipment from dove trapping area, Malta, during Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / ALE (Administrative Law Enforcement) Police with confiscated turtle doves (Streptopelia turtur) and equipment from dove trapping area, Malta, during Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, April 2013
Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) used as a decoy by hunters to attract other birds, awaiting release back into the wild, Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) used as a decoy by hunters to attract other birds, awaiting release back into the wild, Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013
Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) shot in chest, put down by vet, next to gun cartridge, Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) shot in chest, put down by vet, next to gun cartridge, Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013
Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) shot by hunter, during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) shot by hunter, during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013
Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur) fighting in flight, Norfolk, UK, June  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Turtle Doves (Streptopelia turtur) fighting in flight, Norfolk, UK, June
Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) illegally shot, at vets, BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) illegally shot, at vets, BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013
Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) shot by hunter, during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) shot by hunter, during BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013
Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) shot in chest, put down by vet, Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) shot in chest, put down by vet, Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013
Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) shot in chest, put down by vet, next to gun cartridges, Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) shot in chest, put down by vet, next to gun cartridges, Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013
Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) illegally shot by hunter, Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) illegally shot by hunter, Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta April 2013
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) dead male shot illegally, lying next to gun cartrige, BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) dead male shot illegally, lying next to gun cartrige, BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp April 2013
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) with wings stretched, Spanish Steppes, Spain, May  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) with wings stretched, Spanish Steppes, Spain, May
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) shot in wing by hunter, dead after being euphanised by vet, BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp 2013,  Malta, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) shot in wing by hunter, dead after being euphanised by vet, BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp 2013, Malta, April 2013
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) shot in wing by hunter, dead after being euphanised by vet, BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) shot in wing by hunter, dead after being euphanised by vet, BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp, April 2013
Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) shot in wing by hunter, dead after being euphanised by vet, BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp 2013, Malta, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) shot in wing by hunter, dead after being euphanised by vet, BirdLife Malta Springwatch Camp 2013, Malta, April 2013
Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) shot in wing and put down by vet, Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus) shot in wing and put down by vet, Birdlife Malta Springwatch Camp, Malta, April 2013
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