Over­land trip to the Cau­ca­sus

Jeremy’s visit to Ge­or­gia

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS - Or­nithol­o­gists’ Club

Chair­man Jeremy Brock gave a lec­ture called Over­land to the Cau­ca­sus at the first meet­ing of the sea­son.

He de­scribed the birds of Ge­or­gia, a rel­a­tively un­known coun­try to the east of the Black Sea, based on a trip he and his wife had made there, trav­el­ling over­land by car through Europe and Turkey.

The mag­nif­i­cent High Cau­ca­sus moun­tains, ris­ing to over 5000m, were home to many unusual species of bird, in­clud­ing the Caspian Snow­cock, Cau­casian Black Grouse and Red-fronted Serin.

He then de­scribed the cen­tral part of the coun­try con­tain­ing lower-al­ti­tude habi­tats rang­ing from wet­lands to near-desert.

He vis­ited the re­mote Vashlo­vani Pro­tected Area in the far east of the coun­try, a huge re­gion of nat­u­ral heath­land and mead­ows with many beau­ti­ful wild flow­ers. Birds seen here in­cluded the Ru­fous Bushrobin and the strik­ing Black-headed Bunting.

He con­cluded by talk­ing about the Lesser Cau­ca­sus, in the south of the coun­try.

This was an area of high grassy plateau and lakes, with a di­verse range of breed­ing birds in­clud­ing Crane, Dal­ma­tian Pel­i­can and Vel­vet Scoter.

The speaker also de­scribed some of the non-or­nitho­log­i­cal sights of the coun­try, in­clud­ing the cap­i­tal Tbil­isi, and the per­ils of driv­ing which in­cluded ford­ing rivers and huge flocks of sheep.

The next meet­ing will be to­day (Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 11) at Kells Pri­mary, New Gal­loway. The speaker will be Gra­ham Wren, whose talk will be called Forty Years on the Farne Is­lands.

Pho­tos by Jeremy Brock

Strik­ing The Black-headed Bunting pic­tured in Ge­or­gia.

Tow­er­ing The High Cau­ca­sus moun­tains

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