Mass-shooting of protected Nightjars (Caprimulgus europaeus).
Lebanese poachers have developed an insidious method to kill masses of night-migrating birds. Electronic bird callers and powerful spotlights are used to lure whole flocks down onto bare [fake] illuminated trees where they are subsequently annilihated. Despite the new hunting law being implemented since 15 September 2017, many poachers take great pride in ‘showing off’ with their illegal quarry. The pictures above show two young hunters posing with more than 100 freshly killed nightjars each. The photos were taken this year and will be included in the Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) report to the Ministry of Environment in Beirut. Nightjars are a species of conservation concern in many countries of the EU.