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!