Dozens of flamingos died from lead poisoning

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A dozen flamingos died in the previous days in the National Park in Halkidiki, Greece, due to poisoning caused by swallowing lead shot (which is illegal in this legally protected area), left behind from hunting.

Stavros Kalpakis from the “Action for WildLife” association, which, among other things, deals with the protection of these birds in the lagoon of Agios Mama (Halkidiki peninsula), told the Greek media yesterday that the news was in this area. a total of 26 dead flamingos were found.

“At the end of January, the first two flamingos with symptoms of poisoning were brought to us, and to date we have treated a total of ten birds. Seven have died and three are in very poor condition. The pattern of injuries is common – they all swallowed the shot, and an X-ray of the stomach proves it, “said Kalpakis.

The first flamingos breeding colony in Greece was recorded in the Agios Mama lagoon on the Halkidiki peninsula last year, but now it is proving to be fatal for birds, Kalpakis said.

Hunting has been suspended throughout Greece since November last year due to a blockade caused by the coronavirus, but that ban has obviously been violated.

Although the use of lead shot in wetlands has been illegal in Greece since 2013, it is still widely used in these areas, say the group for the protection of wild animals.

While the situation in Greece is not very favorable for flamingos, the ban on movement to control the coronavirus (although many people in Albania did not like it) is for flamingos and other birds, whose numbers increased significantly last spring in one of the lagoons along the Adriatic Sea.

Local officials and residents say there are up to 3,000 flamingos in Narta Lagoon, an important waterfowl habitat, where they have returned after a long absence.

Birdwatchers also spotted more pelicans, herons and other species this spring in a 28-square-kilometer lagoon 145 kilometers from Tirana.

Jovana Canić

Source: Energetski portal Srbije by

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