Batumi Raptor Count
Batumi Raptor Count

Birding around Batumi

Apart from the famous raptor migration, Batumi offers plenty of excellent birding locations that are worth a visit year-round. Discover the bird life and the unique beauty of Ajara with Batumi Birding! We offer five different trips around Batumi:

Excursions:
1. Chorokhi Delta – half/full day trip in the delta of the Chorokhi river
2. Botanical Garden and seaside park – half day tour, searching for Krüper’s nuthatch and migratory passerines 
3. Mtirala National Park – full day subtropical forest birdwatching and trekking
4. Kobuleti, Ispani Mire – half day birdwatching tour on a unique peat marsh habitat
5. Kolkheti National Park – full day including 3-hour boat trip on Paliastomi lake

Details:
Little Bittern up close (c) Jenny EikestamChorokhi delta
The Chorokhi delta south of Batumi has proven to be an excellent spot for birdwatching due to its high diversity of biotopes: bushes, dry & wet grassy plains, marshes, boulder plains, the seashore... During spring and autumn waders, terns and passerine birds are the most interesting groups represented in the delta. In winter very high numbers of waterfowl can be excepted. More info here.

Mtirala National Park
This site is an extremely interesting mountain covered with a relic forest, with a climate that is quite different even from nearby areas. The annual rainfall of 4,000 mm makes Mtirala one of the most humid locations in non-tropical Eurasia. (c) Wouter Vansteelant The high concentration of evergreen plants, together with poor brick-red clay soil and almost permanent rain makes Mtirala externally more similar to tropical cloud forests than European or Near Eastern mountain forest. The area harbours the highest proportion of endemic animals and plants in Georgia. One example is the endemic Caucasian salamander (Mertensiella caucasica). Occasionally some species of large mammals can be seen here, even though the area is not far from Batumi. The area is particularly good for woodpeckers, with 9 species recorded, including White-backed, Grey-headed and Syrian. Red-breasted flycatchers and Green warblers are common breeders here. Dippers are often seen in the river, which also holds a population of otters. From late September onwards, the flowering rhododendron busges (the park contains 4 species) make a visit particularly colourful.

(c) Maria De FillipoKobuleti, Ispani Mire
Ispani Mire is a Ramsar site, part of the Kobuleti Nature Reserve protected area. It's a "percolation mire", depending only on rainwater. The mire itself is a dome shaped peat bog; its vegetation dominated by mosses and sundew, a plant with sticky leaves for catching insects. Besides several raptor species you can find water- and reedbirds here as well. Look out for Purple swamphen and Pheasant here.

Broad-billed sandpiper (c) Albert de JongKolkheti National Park boat trip
Kolkheti forms one of the prime wetlands in the Caucasus, and forms a key stopover site for many waterfowl, waders and passerines. The area is the geographic center of historical Kolkheti (Colchis), well known from the Hellenistic legend “Jason and the Argonauts”. The combination of the ancient Greek names of the site and the river (Phasis) make up the Latin (and English) name for pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) that is thought to have been introduced to Europe by Argonauts from this site.
A drive of about 1,5h will bring you to the parks visitors center. From there we will embark with a comfortable boat operated by the National Park and make a 3 hour-tour around Paliastomi lake and into the wetland. 

Prices:
Please contact us to obtain a pricelist.

Contact and booking:
Email: visit@batumiraptorcount.org

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