Raptor migration, Shuamta, Georgia, September 2022


Shuamta raptor count point, Georgia, September 2022

Shuamta raptor count point, Georgia, 11 September 2022

This photo shows the raptor migration observation point in Shuamta, Georgia. It is not far from Batumi city, like the other hilltop observation point Sakhalvasho which is a few kilometres more to the west.

On 11 September, many black kites passing.

Shuamta raptor count point, honey buzzard, Georgia, 11 September 2022

Shuamta raptor count point, honey buzzard, Georgia, 11 September 2022

Of course, also honey buzzards again.

Shuamta raptor count point, honey buzzard flying, Georgia,11 September 2022

Shuamta raptor count point, honey buzzard flying, Georgia,11 September 2022

Bee-eaters, not officially counted, like usually.

Booted eagles, who are counted.

A painted lady butterfly.

Two sparrowhawks overhead.

A snake eagle circling.

In a flock of bee-eaters, an Alpine swift.

A long-legged buzzard.

A hummingbird hawk-moth.

Two hobbies.

Honey buzzards migrating, photos Georgia, September 2022


Honey buzzard, Sakhalvasho, September 2022

Honey buzzard, Sakhalvasho, September 2022

This photo shows a honey buzzard, landing on a branch near Sakhalvasho bird migration watchpoint near Batumi in Georgia.

Honey buzzard lands, Sakhalvasho, September 2022

Honey buzzard lands, Sakhalvasho, September 2022

Honey buzzards are the most numerous species of the millions of birds migrating in autumn along the Black Sea coast of Georgia.

Honey buzzard landed, Sakhalvasho, September 2022

Honey buzzard landed, Sakhalvasho, September 2022

The honey buzzard finds out that the branch is a bit thin for its weight.

Honey buzzard flies, Sakhalvasho, September 2022

Honey buzzard flies, Sakhalvasho, September 2022

So, it flies away again.

Honey buzzards fly, Sakhalvasho, September 2022

Honey buzzards fly, Sakhalvasho, September 2022

If flies along with many fellow honey buzzards (sometimes also black kites and other birds of prey join in), circling in the air, to profit from thermals.

Honey buzzards flying, Sakhalvasho, September 2022

Honey buzzards flying, Sakhalvasho, September 2022

It flies with still more other birds.

Honey buzzards flying, near Sakhalvasho, September 2022

Honey buzzards flying, near Sakhalvasho, September 2022

And still more other birds.

Purple heron, red-backed shrike migration, Batumi Georgia


Purple herons, Batumi, 7 September 2022

Purple herons, Batumi, 7 September 2022

This 7 September 2022 photo shows purple herons migrating along the Black Sea coast near Batumi, Georgia.

Red-backed shrike, Batumi, 7 September 2022

Red-backed shrike, Batumi, 7 September 2022

These photos, also 7 September 2022, show a young red-backed shrike near the Black Sea coast near Batumi, Georgia.

Red-backed shrike, near Batumi, 7 September 2022

Red-backed shrike, near Batumi, 7 September 2022

Migrating birds near Batumi, Georgia photos


European roller, September 2022

European roller, September 2022

4/5 September 2022. At the Batumi Raptor Count point near Sakhalvasho village in Georgia.

Although it is called Raptor Count, also some non-raptor birds on their southwards autumn migration are counted. Like the European roller on the photo above. Hundreds of them flying daily past the counting point in these September times.

Most non-raptor bird species are not counted. Like bee-eaters, numerous and filling the air with their beautiful calls.

Gulls at the Black Sea, September 2022

Gulls at the Black Sea, September 2022

Lower in the Batumi area, closer to the Black Sea. Many gulls. Mostly yellow-legged gulls. Also at least one Armenian gull.

Greater short-toed lark, 5 September 2022

On the stony beach of Batumi city, not only wheatears, but also greater short-toed larks like this one.

Nightjar, Batumi park, 5 September 2022

Nightjar, Batumi city park, 5 September 2022

In Batumi city park, various nightjars like this one, resting during daytime, before migrating toward Africa again during the night.

Stay tuned for more posts about bird migration in Georgia!

The Cure, Rotterdam concert 1979


The Cure on Rotterdam, September 1979

The Cure on Rotterdam, September 1979

This 9 September 1979 photo shows British band the Cure, playing at the Rotterdam, the Netherlands New Pop Festival 1979 in the Zuiderpark.

I took photos there with my Kodak Pocket Instamatic, the cheapest, smallest and simplest camera available. In 2005, photo shops stopped developing and printing Instamatic films. That meant the end of photography forever for me and others for whom expensive cameras for which you needed a Sc.D degree were not an option.

You could only make 12 photos with an Instamatic film. So, I had to be careful not to waste film.

I photographed the Inner Circle reggae band.

I made photos of the Specials.

And of the Cure, as this one also shows.

The Cure in Rotterdam

The Cure in Rotterdam. New Pop Festival, 9 September 1979

The Specials, Rotterdam concert 1979


Specials at New Pop Rotterdam

The Specials at New Pop Rotterdam, 9 September 1979

This 9 September 1979 photo shows British band the Specials, playing ska at the Rotterdam, the Netherlands New Pop Festival 1979 in the Zuiderpark.

I took photos there with my Kodak Pocket Instamatic, the cheapest, smallest and simplest camera available. In 2005, photo shops stopped developing and printing Instamatic films. That meant the end of photography forever for me and others for whom expensive cameras for which you needed a Sc.D degree were not an option.

You could only make 12 photos with an Instamatic film. So, I had to be careful not to waste film.

I photographed the Inner Circle reggae band.

I made photos of the Specials, as also this one shows.

the Specials in Rotterdam

The Specials in Rotterdam

And I saw and heard the Cure at that festival too. About that, later.

Inner Circle reggae, Rotterdam 1979


Inner Cirle reggae, Rotterdam New Pop 1979

Inner Circle reggae, Rotterdam New Pop 1979

This 9 September 1979 photo shows Jamaican band Inner Circle, playing reggae at the Rotterdam, the Netherlands New Pop Festival 1979 in the Zuiderpark.

I took photos there with my Kodak Pocket Instamatic, the cheapest, smallest and simplest camera available. In 2005, photo shops stopped developing and printing Instamatic films. That meant the end of photography forever for me and others for whom expensive cameras for which you needed a Sc.D degree were not an option.

There were many bands on various stages at the New Pop festival. I didn’t know at what time there would be what music on what stage. So, when I read the festival line-up now, to my big shame I missed Public Image Limited. It looks like I also very regrettably missed the punky ska girls the Bodysnatchers from England. However … Wikipedia says that the Bodysnatchers played their first concert in London in November 1979, so after Rotterdam New Pop! Someone made a mistake somewhere.

UPDATE: Rhoda Dakar, Bodysnatchers’ singer, has replied meanwhile. Thank you so much, Rhoda! The Bodysnatchers never played outside the UK. So at Rotterdam New Pop 1979 either no Bodysnatchers, or different snatchers snatching different bodies.

You could only make 12 photos with an Instamatic film. So, I had to be careful not to waste film.

I did hear Roger Chapman and the Shortlist. Roger Chapman was a nice chap, but the music was a bit predictable. I didn’t make photos.

I did make photos of Inner Circle, as also this one shows.

Inner Circle in Rotterdam September 1979

Inner Circle reggae band in Rotterdam September 1979

And I saw and heard the Cure and the Specials. About that, later.

Racist mass murder in Buffalo, USA


This 15 May 2022 video says about itself:

An 18-year-old white gunman opened fire at a supermarket in a Black neighbourhood in the US city of Buffalo, killing 10 people in what authorities called an act of “racially motivated violent extremism”.

From the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in the USA today:

Yesterday, an 18-year-old white supremacist shot and killed at least 10 individuals in a shooting at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket that law enforcement is treating as a hate crime. In response, LDF President and Director-Counsel Janai S. Nelson issued the following statement:

“We send our deepest condolences to the victims of the racially-motivated shooting targeting Black people in Buffalo, New York. This horrific rampage is another in the long line of distinctly American mass shootings that combine racism and gun violence. This is a deepening crisis for which we must be prepared to make all the necessary sacrifices to peacefully bring to an end the scourge of hate.

“Black Americans are the leading targets for hate crimes in our country, but we also continue to witness increases in anti-Semitic attacks, as well as violence against the Latino, Asian, Muslim, and LGBTQ+ communities. The frequency and intensity of this violence has been super charged in part by social media, which provides a virtually unchecked platform for hate speech and the encouragement of violent actions. And, as we have seen by the number of attacks that have been live-streamed, a built-in audience for hate.

“Social media companies are not alone in having created this environment, however, as cable television has increasingly become a home for what were once seen as extremist views. Indeed, the Great Replacement Theory, which a shocking one in three Americans now believes to be true, has found a mainstream home on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program after being previously cited by four mass shooters – including those who committed the heinous crimes in Oslo, Norway; Christchurch, New Zealand; Dayton, Ohio; and El Paso, Texas.

“Unless we want to be a nation riven by increasing violence and terror, all of us – not just those of us who are the targets – must act now to end the propagation of hate speech and unchecked access to militaristic weapons that are trained on our communities.”

BUFFALO SUSPECT EMBRACED RACIST ‘REPLACEMENT’ CONSPIRACY PUSHED BY TUCKER CARLSON The teenager charged in the fatal shooting at a Buffalo supermarket was haunted in his writing by the “great replacement” conspiracy theory — a viciously racist view of the world that has been touted by Fox News host Tucker Carlson that white Americans are at risk of being replaced by people of color. The No. 3 House Republican, Elise Stefanik, also echoed the racist conspiracy. The accused shooter had threatened a shooting at his high school in June. [HuffPost]

BUFFALO SUSPECT PLANNED SECOND KILL SITE The white gunman accused of a racist rampage at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket planned to keep killing at a second location if he escaped the first scene, the police commissioner said. Authorities investigated the massacre of Black people as a hate crime and act of domestic terrorism. The troubled gunman’s legal purchase of an assault-style rifle raises new questions about so-called red flag laws. And the continuing rash of American mass killings shows “you can’t even go to the damn store in peace,” as a Buffalo resident put it. [AP]