Birds of prey rescued after attacks in La Linea de Concepcion and Gibraltar


Several bird of prey rescues have been carried out after suffering attacks in Gibraltar and in the Cadiz municipality of La Linea.

Several birds of prey had to be rescued in recent days in the Cadiz municipality of La Linea and in the British territory of Gibraltar. The birds – griffon vultures and eagles – were all reportedly injured by various attacks from seagulls and peregrine falcons.

In La Linea, workers from the Municipal Delegation of Parks and Gardens, led by Councilor Raquel Ñeco, rescued a Jean-le-Blanc eagle on the east coast this Wednesday, May 25, when it was attacked by several falcons.

Image of a bird recorded at La Linea. Credit: [email protected]_LaLinea

The bird was kept until the arrival of volunteers from the Center for the Recovery of Threatened Species (CREA), who took charge of its well-being.

This is not the first time that the Department of Parks and Gardens has acted to save the lives of animals in different areas of the Linense coastline. A notable intervention occurred two years ago when they located an adult eagle-owl in the Venta Salvador area. He had one of his wings damaged, probably from a blow, and he was missing an eye with a healed wound.

New incident in Gibraltar involved eight migrating birds of prey: five griffon vultures, two booted eagles and a short-toed eagle. They were rescued this Wednesday, May 25, in a joint effort of the Gibraltar Ornithological and Natural History Society (GONHS), the Department of the Environment and the Marine Section of the Royal Gibraltar Police.

Three griffon vultures were rescued from the sea, one of which was also recovered from St Martin’s school. A private boat picked up two booted eagles from the sea, and the Jean-le-Blanc eagle was rescued by a resident of Devil’s Tower Road.

A swimmer rescued another eagle in Catalan Bay last Monday, May 23, after the bird was attacked by peregrine falcons and seagulls. She suffered head and back injuries and suffered from malnutrition.


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