Watch: Two juvenile flamingos released back into the wild

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Two juvenile Greater Flamingos have been released at Għadira Nature Reserve by BirdLife Malta.

In a statement the non-governmental organisation said that the two juvenile flamingos were part of a large flock which was observed migrating over the Maltese Islands on 20-21 August. The two flamingos ended up in BirdLife’s care after they got stranded from the flock.

The first flamingo which was rescued by an officer from the Environment and Resource Authority, was found found at Daħlet Qorrot Bay in Gozo where it landed in the middle of a beach on August 20. The second flamingo was found by members of the hunting organisation Kaċċaturi San Ubertu at l-Għadira s-Safra. In both cases the flamingos were handed over to BirdLife and were taken to the government vet for examination. In both cases, the flamingos were found to be exhausted from migration.

When flamingos migrate in flocks of adults and juveniles, young ones tend to become exhausted and stray off from the rest of the flock to get some rest.

The two juvenile flamingos were certified by the government vet prior to be released back into the wild.

The pair was ringed before it was released by BirdLife staff at the reserve on Tuesday.

Video: BirdLife Malta, Jose Luque