Poaching songbirds at Cyprus also has a great influence on owls. Our teams observe owls all the time in their hunt to catch the supposed songbirds they hear through the electronic decoys. If songbirds are already caught in mist nets, the owls tries to catch these bird and get stuck themselves into the big nets or the glue sticks.
A few days ago we found a Barn Owl (Tyto alba) near a catching facility (photo 1). Apparently the catcher found the animal still alive on a glue stick. Instead of releasing her, the poacher broke her wing and left her to a slow and agonizing death.
A Long-eared Owl (Asio Otus) had more luck (photo 2) This owl was also attached to a glue stick. We found this one before the poacher came to collect the birds and were able to free this lucky owl