Cory Shearwater watching in Gozo for BOV staff members
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Hundreds of Cory’s Shearwater were the main attraction for a group of 150 Bank of Valletta staff members and their families, who took an evening boat trip recently to the western coast of Gozo to watch the Shearwaters heading back to their nests within the cliffs.
Cory’s Shearwater are large sea-birds with a wingspan exceeding one metre. They have brownish-grey upperparts, white underparts and yellowish bills. They feed on fish, squid and other marine creatures while shearing out at sea. The Cory’s Shearwater has a very particular call, similar to a crying baby, which they give off at night at their breeding colonies. The Cory’s Shearwater breeds in colonies on the Ta’ Cenc cliffs and visit the colony only at night.
Organised in conjunction with Birdlife Malta, this was the first experience at bird watching for many of those present. A lucky sighting of a pod of dolphins on the way enhanced the visit to the delight of all present.
Bank of Valletta, through its Sports and Social Club, regularly organises cultural and educational visits for its staff members. These visits are aimed to help staff members become familiar with Maltese culture and heritage and to create more awareness about the Maltese natural environment.
Bank of Valletta and Birdlife (Malta) have been collaborating on the ‘Dinja Wahda’ project for the last 6 years. Dinja Wahda is an education program for primary schools, carried out in collaboration with the Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education.