News

Sep 6, 2017

HALF A MILLION

Today added another 75.000 to the tally. Our volunteers have been counting for exactly 3 weeks now, and have reached a season total of 498.928 raptors! Almost half a million, right? Six more weeks to go, bring it! The show started with harriers, between 7 and 8 o'clock a constant stream of... more

Sep 5, 2017

International Birdwatching Festival

BATUMI BIRD FESTIVAL announcement - 24-30 september For our 5th anniversary, we organised the first Birdwatching Festival in Batumi. Now, five years later, we are happy to see this event continued every year. Together with SABUKO - Society for Nature Conservation we present you another well... more

Aug 27, 2017

MEGA: Eygptian Nightjar, new for Georgia

Volunteers from the BRC team visited Chorokhi Delta on their day off today and found an EGYPTIAN Nightjar on the beach. The bird was flushed by a shepherd dog and flew around observers, giving very close views. What a nice bird for the 10th anniversary of the BRC! And what a nice follow-up after... more

Aug 25, 2017

Volunteer from Kenya - Welcome Martha Mutiso

We are very pleased that for the 10th anniversary of the autumn count, BRC is able to welcome the first African volunteer into our project. Martha Mutiso is a Kenyan ornithologist and conservationist and having her join us is a small step towards improving the collaboration and conservation efforts... more

Aug 22, 2017

TWENTY-thousand Honey Buzzards and counting

Today we saw a first wave of Honey Buzzards coming over. A nice start, more to come ;) The first movements of harriers were noted as well. Every evening at 6pm GMT our daily counts are uploaded to Trektellen.org, and you'll find the automatically updated season totals. Check it! http://www.... more

Aug 21, 2017

RARITY: Eleonora's falcon flies over station 2

First rare migrant of the season! Today station 2 enjoyed close views of an Eleonora's Falcon soaring over the counters for a short time. This dark morph bird still shows retained juvenile flight feathers combined with moulted body plumage, indicative of a 2cy bird. It is the 3rd record for the... more

Aug 16, 2017

Start of the 10th autumn season count

Tomorrow the 10th edition of the Batumi Raptor Count officially starts! Last days team members were actively working to prepare the count. Our new count coordinators team (Aki, Xu & Hélène) and all counters will be happy to bring their scopes and clickers to the count stations... more

Apr 11, 2017

NEW BRC Publication in Sandgrouse

We are proud to see our study "Understanding hunters' habits and motivations for shooting raptors in the Batumi raptor-migration bottleneck, southwest Georgia" published today in Sandgrouse, the journal of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East and the Caucasus (OSME).... more

Mar 7, 2017

Apply now as coordinator or volunteer

Do your share to make the 10th Batumi Raptor Count great again. Volunteer today! We invite you to participate in what will go down in history books as the 10th consecutive Batumi Raptor Count, held 17 august until 16th of october 2017 in Batumi, Georgia. Applications are open for count... more

Mar 1, 2017

Review of SWAROVSKI OPTIK’s new FieldPro package

Swarovski Optik’s continuous support for our raptor counts have been there from the earliest editions, and they have been providing us their most recent products. Of course, we were delighted to hear they wanted us to send in our current optics, to be replaced by the new, updated models, in... more