Batumi Raptor Count
Batumi Raptor Count

Epic day for BRC, breaking all the records!

On 2nd October 2014 our counting team witnessed the largest passage of raptors ever seen outside of the Panamerican Flyway and counted over 280.000 raptors in a single day!

The early morning started with outstanding Marsh Harrier migration. Later on, some flocks of Black Kites migrated one by one in a lazy flight. But suddenly after noon Steppe Buzzards started to kettle east and west of both our stations. Their large and wide streams covered all the sky, ending up in monster kettles, where complex kettles just merged with other nearby kettles.

Raptor Conservation

A major aim of BRC is to raise awareness about the consequences of the widespread raptor shooting and to reduce the illegal killing in the Batumi bottleneck. We try to achieve this by informing and involving local communities, rather than confronting hunters. The graph below presents an overview of our projects. We would like to thank all our donors and BirdLife International for the invaluable support.

Over one Million raptors in 2013

Our fantastic count team has done it again, our season total is way over the 1.000.000 mark again. The count volunteers and especially the coordinators have mastered this incredible flight of raptors, and even succeeded to keep a high quality count, identifying a high proportion of the eagles and harriers.

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