Birds killed by wind turbines – Pictures

Birds killed by wind turbines
- Pictures –

Better resolution pictures are available. Just ask me:


“Jorge”, the last Great Bustard of the province of Cadiz.

Mortally wounded by a turbine, he flew a kilometer or so, then collapsed.

Ornithologists, who protect the wind industry at all costs in the hope to land a monitoring contract, pretended Jorge hit an overhead cable.


Does this look to you like a wound from a collision with an overhead cable?

Jorge was hit by a turbine blade coming from underneath.

I asked for a copy of the autopsy, to no avail. The death went down in the media as caused by “a power line”.

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Swifts, Swallows and other Hirundines seem to be attracted to wind turbines, like bats.

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This rare white-throated needletail was killed by a small turbine in Scotland as twitchers were watching.

White-throated needletail - the turbine that killed it

The small turbine that killed the needletail on Harris, one of the Hebrides islands off Scotland.


This one was cut in half.

If wind turbines attract insects, as scientists claim, then it is no surprise that they would attract insect-eating birds as they do bats.


That one was just knocked dead.

The strength of the blow depends on the part of the blade that hits the bird. Maximum velocity being at the tip of the blade, birds struck nearer the hub are less damaged.

hirundine - photo by Ingemar Ahlen

Common House Martin – picture from Professor Ingemar Ahlen’s study on bird mortality at Swedish windfarms:

“Almost one third of the (dead) birds were swallows and swifts, species that like bats hunt flying insects”:

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Red Kites are attracted to wind turbines, and are thus particularly vulnerable.

red kite cut in half - photo by Kenneth Bengtsson - from study by prof. Ahlen

Photo by Kenneth Bengtsson, from Professor Ahlen’s study


This picture is from Germany, where about 200 – 300 red kites are killed by wind turbines yearly. The red kite population is declining rapidly in many countries: Germany, France, Spain, Italy etc. Even in the UK, where a tight cover up on bird mortality at windfarms is in place, some deaths by collision have been reported.

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This one, wounded in Spain, was not so lucky: its death will be slow, and unless rescued by a charitable soul, its best hope would be to be eaten quickly by a fox.


Another one, left to agonise.

It’s a no-brainer: attracted as they are by wind turbines, open-space raptors such as eagles, ospreys, kites, falcons, harriers, buzzards, and vultures will be decimated where these machines are built.


  1. horrendous we must stop this

    • We live in California! It seams to be A Green Energy Religious Cult out here! There is Justified killing to supposedly save the planet, even when it doesn’t Work or Save anything!
      The media ignores the killing fields of chopped up eagles and the Obama administration just past a 30 year waver to the Killer Wind Farms! So they just don’t care. The California condor lives right in the same area, we have invested millions and millions of dollars for this endangered species, for What? I’m sure some condors are buried out of our sight!
      I sincerely apologize for California Wacko Birds that we elected here and at the Federal gov. level too. We need to start throwing them out of office and get some with common sense.
      Thanks for getting light on this subject We should take these dead birds to the State Capitals and show them to the People!
      I worked for So Cal Edison for 25 years I have seen the destruction of these birds first hand it is repulsive and sickening. Thanks again

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