Batumi Eagle Festival Week 2017

Festival week offers, daily organised visits and excursions to raptor watchpoints and regions best birding sites, evening workshops and presentations by top speakers! 

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Accommodation
You will stay in the area of Batumi or Chakvi, where stations and other birding destinations are not far. One step away from cultural acitvities and sites, which Georgia's tourist capital offers. These come with full board, traditional but varied meals with vegetarian options.


 
 

Mass migration
The festival takes place at the peak of Steppe Buzzard migration, when up to 100,000 raptors regularly pass through on a single day!  Moreover, this is also the best time to observe a stunning diversity of eagles, including Lesser and Great Spotted, Steppe, Imperial, Short-toed, Booted and White-tailed Eagle! Red-footed falcon is another numerous guest during this period, while many beautiful male Pallid harriers pass through. In the nearby wetlands large flocks of Black-winged pratincoles come down to rest, and they are often joined by Sociable lapwings. During thunderstorms, massive falls of warblers, flycatchers, pipits and wheatears are common, and even the smallest bushes and grassy patches along the coast are heaving with birds.


A program of daily excursions to birding hotspots

Every day, you have a choice between standing on the raptor watchpoint, or taking part in one of the excursions to the excellent birding sites in the region:

Chorokhi delta and Batumi Seaside:
We start by exploring the Chorokhi delta on foot during the early morning, passing through the reedbeds, mudflats, bushy areas and the gravel beach. The area is great for waders, and in late September sociable plovers and black-winged pratincoles are likely to turn up. The meadows often hold corncrakes and great snipes. At this time of the year, almost anything can turn up - several Daurian shrikes and a black-crowned sparrow-lark in 2015. From there we continue to the Batumi boulevard, a great spot for passerines, which may include moustached, blyth's, paddyfield and river warbler. A last stop is foreseen at the botanical garden, notorious for its Krueper's Nuthatches.


Mtirala National Park
When it gets too hot in Batumi, you can cool off in the lush Mtirala forest. The excursion takes you deep into the park, which features a nice waterfall, a small lake and a picturesque village. The area is great for Woodpeckers, including White-backed, Grey-headed, Black and Lesser and Middle spotted, and rich in endemic amphibians and reptiles.


Kolkheti wetlands
This huge wetland is of crucial importance for migratory birds following the eastern flyway. The excursion includes a 3-hour boat trip on the Paleostomi lake and into the marshes and peatlands of the National Park. This usually involves very close encounters with the resident White-tailed eagles. The afternoon will be devoted to waders and terns along the seashore. In 2014 we had Lesser and Greater Sand Plover here, together with Broad-billed and Terek Sandpiper!
 

Svaneti extension

Just before the Eagle Festival Week (September 22 to 24)  you can join an extension to the fabulous mountain region of Svaneti, where all the Greater Caucasus endemics are found. A newly constructed road takes us up to 3000m, from where only a short walk is required to observe Caucasian Black Grouse, Caucasian Snowcock, Great Rosefinch and Guldenstadt's Redstart. For more information, check out this page.

 

 

 

 

 

When: 
24 Sep - 1 Oct 2017
Price: 
1150 EUR per person, 200 EUR single supplement