Thursday, 12 September 2019

Once more to Sakhalvasho

Wednesday 11 September

Black Kites and Honey Buzzards on the move

After our visit to the coast north of Batumi it was one more back up the mountain to the Sakhalvasho raptor watch point for four hours.  Still plenty of migrating raptors but not the huge number yesterday in our absence.  Whilst we saw many Honey Buzzards there were far more Black Kites and we also saw one of the two Steppe Eagles recorded on the day.  In addition, a good number of Booted Eagles, over 300 recorded during the day, along with a couple of Short-toed Eagles.
Black Kite Milvus migrans

A passing Osprey over the sea was a welcome sight but, for me, it was more the sightings of Hobbies and Sparrowhawks at a closer distance that was more appreciated.  Just when all seemed quite the call went out and most "rushed" to the other side of the viewing platform to get a look at the silhouette of the passing Lesser Spotted Eagle.

Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus
Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus
Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus 
As always, lots and lots of Bee-eaters and later joined by more migrating Barn Swallows.  Checking on the day's total I noted that Black Kites exceeded Honey Buzzards by almost six-fold with 7591 recorded compared with 1243 of the latter.  The total raptor count for the day was a splendid 10548.

Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
Booted Eagle Aquila pennata
Birds seen:
Osprey, Honey Buzzard, Black Kite, Steppe Eagle, Lesser Spotted eagle, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Sparrowhawk, Hobby, Bee-eater, Barn Swallow

Even time to study the small green lizard

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