Wednesday, September 28, 2011

News from Batumi Raptor Count

In the last two days at Batumi has been observed the migration peak of different species of raptors. Yesterday tens of thousands Steppe Buzzards and about 2000 Lesser-spotted Eagles have passed over the watchpoints together with some Steppe Eagles, Greater-spotted Eagles and Imperial Eagles. Really an impressive migration well monitored by the skilled team of Batumi Raptor Count!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

News from the autumn migration

In these days at Batumi, many thousands of raptors are migrating and other Crested Honey Buzzards were observed. Among the other sights some Steppe Eagles and yesterday a wonderful Black Vulture passed over the watchpoint. Check the daily observation diary here:

On the other hand in Southern Italy the peak of the migration of Marsh Harriers has been observed yesterday at the Aspromonte National Park where about one thousands of individuals has been counted.

Monday, September 19, 2011

News from Batumi Raptor Count 2011

In these days many thousands of different species of raptors have been observed at Batumi (Georgia). Among others, Honey Buzzards, Black kites, Levant Sparrowhawks, Steppe Buzzards., Montagu's Harriers, Pallid Harriers, Egyptian Vultures. The Camp is led by Batumi Raptor Count who invited members of MEDRAPTORS. There are about 20 volunteers making observations from Holland, Belgium, Georgia, France, United States, Germany, Armenia and Italy of course.
Here below a picture made yesterday in Batumi to Crested Honey Buzzard that is really a rare sight in the Western Paleartic area.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A new project is starting!

This week starts the project at Batumi that we are running together with Batumi Raptor Count. The project is focused on the influence of local weather conditions on the migratory behaviour of raptors. In this period the commonost species are: Steppe Buzzard, Black Kite and Lesser-spotted Eagle. Click on the picture below to enter the website of Batumi Raptor Count.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

MEDRAPTORS Observation Camp 2011

During the Camp on the Calabrian Appennines we have found a new watchpoint to monitor the migration of raptors along the chain mountain of southern Italy. The area is located in the northern part of Aspromonte close to the border of Serre Mountains. Interesting numbers of Honey Buzzards have been recorded. Moreover we observed the following species of migrating raptors: Black kite, Marsh Harrier, Montagu's Harrier, Hobby, Eleonora's falcon, Kestrel. Among resident raptors the Goshawk, the Honey Buzzard and the Bonelli's Eagle. Further investigations are needed to quantify the migratory flow at the site.