Sep 19, 2016

Half-season report autumn 2016

The 9th season of Batumi Raptor Count has reached halfway! Once again we are witnessing the rush of raptor migration, eagerness to learn more on raptor identification, several surprises and some historical moments. First half of the season was yet again a feast for Honey Buzzard migration.... more

Sep 16, 2016

Exposure event Youth exchange in Chorokhi delta

Final exposure event of the Youth exchange, protecting the Chorokhi delta. There will be an exhibition on the delta and its importance for birds. Georgian, Armenian and Belgian youngsters are working together on bird paintings, info panels, a documentary, birdwatching map and much more. Everyone... more

Sep 2, 2016

Global Shorebird Counting

Between 2-6 september 2016 the annual global shorebirds count is taking place. This initiative, revolving around the World Shorebirds Day, is one we like to empower, as we think the conservation of all birds is important, not only raptors. The youth exchange with youngsters from Belgium,... more

Aug 30, 2016

Season take off - get ready for the peaks

It was a calm start, yes, totally calm. Only few birds passed the stations putting us in disbelief about migration ways but never doubt the birds, they will certainly come. A few first days with a few hundred birds brought us enough calm moments to prepare the migration count, the facilities, the... more

Aug 26, 2016

Apparently Montagu's Harrier migrates with delay this year in Batumi

Reaching the average peak around 3 Sep we usually have good numbers already in August. Until 25 Aug we count in average a proportion of 600 and more Montagu's Harrier / MonPalHen. The most recent count data from last days show nearly 230 individuals until 25 Aug. Follow this post on our... more

Aug 18, 2016

meet us at the British Birdfair

This weekend one of the biggest gatherings of the birding community takes place, at Rutland waters in England. This yearly ritual is called the British Birdfair, and we are grateful for the opportunity to have a stall there again to represent the Batumi Raptor Count. If you want to meet us, get... more

Aug 16, 2016

Tomorrow we start to count

Tomorrow we will launch the 9th edition of the Batumi Raptor Count! Coordinators and first volunteer counters have settled in Sakhalvasho, Georgia, during the last days in order to complete preparations. Everything is in order, we are ready to take position on the hilltops. Tally clickers music... more

Jun 29, 2016

coordinator team complete

Our team of count coordinators is complete! Aki from Finland, Luis from Spain, Simon from France, Dries for the Netherlands and Rafa rom Spain will help the counters at the stations everyday to hopefully reach the million raptors in 2016! All of them are working around the clock to be ready for the... more

Jun 21, 2016

Raptor Migration Network has been founded

From 9th to 11th June we met with representatives from several major soaring bird migration bottlenecks of the western palearctic in Chalets d’Irati-Larrau/Lorraine, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France. The scientific workshop was organized and funded through EURAPMON and the European... more

Jun 7, 2016

Batumi Birding Festival cancelled

Unfortunately, due to limited interest, Batumi Birding has decided to cancel this year's event. There is an alternative though, check out the Batumi Eagle Special. For the Dutch speaking participants, STARLING has decided to provide an alternative trip, in consultation with Vogelbescherming... more