The Caucasus encompasses an enormous diversity in habitats, and is home to a set of spectacular bird species. In spring, it's beauty reaches a climax. Let us take you on a birdwatching journey towards the specialties of the Caucasus in a stunning setting! You can expect all endemics of the Caucasus mountains and the specialties of the eastern steppes. At the same time, raptor migration is abundant, as is the colourfull passage of warblers and waders. We will make an effort to see the indiginous Wild Pheasant! Come join us and gaze...
Endemics of the Caucasus
From Tbilisi we drive straight up into the High Caucasus mountains, towards Kazbegi. Because of the huge amounts of snow that continues to cover the slopes after winter, the most wanted species of the alpine zone can be found at walking distance from the village, in a spectacular scenery. We'll look for Great Rosefinches, Güldenstädt's Redstart and scan the surrounding slopes for Caucasian Black Grouse and Caucasian Snowcock. Wallcreeper and Lammergeier also belong to the possibilities, and we will also try for Golden Eagle and Alpine accentor. In the forests nearby we'll look for Caucasian Chiffchaff and Green Warbler.
Steppes and badlands of the east
The second part of the trip brings us via Tbilisi to the steppe lake of Jandari, which hosts a lot of aquatic birdlife, including Pygmy Cormorants, Moustached Warbler and Eastern Imperial Eagle. We continue towards David Gareji, with its renowned cave monasteries in a beautifully eroded landscape with species as Calandra Lark, Blue Rock Thrush, Pied and Finsch's Wheatear. Nearby lakes are frequented by Ruddy Shelduck and Demoiselle cranes often stop here on migration. We continue our quest towards the east, to the steppes and river valleys of Chachuna, where we'll look for Armenian Gull, Black Francolin, Chukar Partridge, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Menetries' Warbler and will try to see the shy Wild Pheasant (ssp colchicus!). The last leg of the trip brings us to the wildest corner of Georgia, Vashlovani. Upon return in Tbilisi we will take time for a little stroll in the historic old town and celebrate the last night with a 'supra', a traditional Georgian diner.
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01 Mar 2019
David Gareji Monasteri St. David Lavra
Accomodation and transport
We will stay during this trip at comfortable small-scale hotels and guesthouses. The accommodation is of good quality and decent, with private facilities. Only in Chachuna we will stay in bit more basic rooms. The meals are traditionally Georgian: delicious and diverse. We get around in a comfortable minivan. Airfare is not included in the price, but we can help with booking matching flights. Flying to Tbilisi airport is advised, transport from the airport is included.
Hiking and nature study as a goal
The hiking is overall easy, but in the mountain areas they are a bit more challenging, but suited for everybody with a normal condition. The trip is suited for all keen birders, both beginners and advanced, during the trip we also pay attention to other fauna and flora.
During this time of the year, the weather circumstances can be diverse. This means we'll expect both sunny, warm days as wet and rather chilly days. Therefore, choose for an adapted set of clothing, suited for diverse circumstances. In the high mountains, a winter jacket and gloves will be convenient, in the south, it might get quite hot.
During this trip there will be good possibilities for photography. The guide has a profound knowledge of digital photography.