The Bulgarian association for the protection of birds (BSPB), Doga Dernegi, and the RSPD have set up a camp in Sarimazi, a migration bottleneck in the South of Turkey. From mid-August to mid-October, 3 observation zones made it possible to monitor most of the Egyptian vultures and other birds of prey migrating around the Eastern coast of the Mediterranean sea. 106731 birds , of which 813 Egyptian vultures, were counted.
A complete version of the daily bird count and the total count is available on Sarimazi count website.
This kind of project, reminding the “Batumi Raptor Count” in Georgia, aims at describing and quantifying the migration of birds of prey. Moreover, counting birds in strategical zones is a cheap way to monitor migrating populations. In Sarimazi, the Egyptian vultures counted come mainly from Turkey and the Balkan peninsula. These populations number between 1000 and 2000 couples in Turkey and 80 couples in the Balkan peninsula.
Notification to motivated volunteers :
The New Life Egyptian Vulture Project needs volunteers to count migrating birds in autumn 2019 in Sarimazi. Several hundred Egyptian vultures fly over the bottleneck in just a month. Not only will you be able to observe Golden Eagles as more than 37000 birds use this route but also short-toed snake eagles, levant sparrowhawks and many other birds and birds of prey.
Identifying birds of prey is a valuable know-how and this experience will remain unforgettable.
Have a look at the video below and let yourself be captivated by the pictures
Translated By Claudine Caillet