In the current Surfbirds European Stop Press..
...there is a bird labelled "Sooty Shearwater, Malta, Off Ghallis 18 July 2009
Record digiscoped pic of this great and very rare bird to Maltese shores. There are 4 or 5 other records of shot birds and prob not in Maltese territorial waters."
The birds can also be seen at:
A referring email on WestPalBirds states:
"A Sooty Shearwater was observed yesterday 18th July for the first time ever by two Maltese birders. The bird was seen for about 8 minutes heading NW off Ghallis, quite close to shore and with lots of Cory's Shearwaters for comparison. There are 5 other records of shot birds from around Malta, with at least 2 of them taken (shot) outside Maltese territorial waters."
I was hoping to sound out the opinion of others about this bird.
My initial reaction was that it is too pale and long-winged for a Sooty, and the shape of the wing (bent at the carpel) also looks wrong for Sooty too.