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Thread: Visit the Batumi Raptor Count

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    Jun 2012

    Default Visit the Batumi Raptor Count

    Dear Surfbirders,

    who's interested in witnessing the incredible autumn bottleneck migration of thousands birds of prey at the Caucasus in Georgia ?

    In autumn 2011 loads of raptors passed the bottleneck at the Black Sea coast. Counting from 2 stations we saw about:
    450.000 Honey-buzzard
    75.000 Black Kite
    6.000 Booted Eagle
    5500 Lesser Spotted Eagle
    350 Pallid Harriers
    200 Greater Spotted Eagle
    40 Egyptian Vulture
    30 Imperial Eagle
    8 Crested Honey-buzzard

    and a lot of bee-eaters as well storks, egrets, roller ...

    For more details on raptor migration read:

    Watch out for more information on our website.

    We offer three opportunities to participate in our project:
    1) Help us during the count as a COUNTER.
    In return for a small daily incentive (6-8 eur) you can join for at least 2 weeks in our counts (2 off-days) and we provide you with accommodation, local transportation and food. We expect some basic English skills to communicate between the coordinators and the counters.

    2) Support us as a ECO-TOURIST

    3) Attend our Batumi Bird FESTIVAL, and celebrate 5 years of BRC with us! The event is organised during the most varied migration period, from 20th until 23rd of september. We provide daily excursions to all birding hotspots, cultural tours, lectures, banket and traditional music.

    All further information can be found on our website.

    Best regards
    BRC Team

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    Suffolk, UK

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