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Batumi Raptor Count
Batumi Raptor Count

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Follow our migration count from home. Here you find our regular updated numbers of all migrating raptors from both of our count stations.

You can easily switch between the days and stations and also have insight into the daily data of previous years.

Check out what is happening here and find your potential days for paying our spots a visit.

Raptor Conservation

A major aim of SABUKO is to end the illegal killing of migratory raptors in the Batumi bottleneck. We do this by raising awareness and involving local communities, rather than confronting them. The graph below presents an overview of our projects. We would like to thank all our donors and BirdLife International for the invaluable support.

Batumi Birding Week

21-28 September 2014
Every autumn, a massive southbound flight of up to 34 species of raptors is observed along the Black Sea coast. On peak days, counts reach over 100,000 raptors. Our motto is easy birding: all birding sites are conveniently located within 30km from the airport, so you can devote your time to birding and enjoying your holiday rather than spending hours in the car.

Halfway through the count

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Raptor shooting survey

Not only birdwatchers are keen on autumn raptor migration, the region around Batumi is also notorious for its raptor shooters. Although it is illegal in Georgia to shoot raptors, many get shot when passing the bottleneck. A mixed team of Georgian and international volunteers are conducting a survey of the shooting and trapping of raptors in the Batumi bottleneck from August 15 to September 30.

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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