Last Flight of the Eagles

A flock of 60 eagles in flight must be a majestic sight; a magnificent bird at the peak of its evolutionary cycle; a species millions of years in the making. Such a spectacle was about to grace our shores. It was not to be as these birds were shot at, maimed and decimated by ignorance. Bird hunting in Malta is glorified as culture or even as tradition. To a degree, this is true but not for the reasons one might expect. The history of Malta, as that of all other countries, is a dismal tale of conflict, conquest and killing.