Article was published in Geographical magazine by Chris Fitch, March 2017 (www.geographical.co.uk)
Twice a year, for up to eight weeks at a time, the skies above western Georgia darken, as thousands upon thousands of birds of prey fill the air. With up to 100,000 flying overhead daily, over a million birds will pass through each season.
‘A very big percentage of the Georgian population hunts,’ admits Alexander Rukhaia, director of SABUKO, a Georgian nature conservation organisation, ‘especially along the Black Sea coast, where the migration is very active’. SABUKO is a leading voice in combating the popularity of illegal raptor hunting – primarily for sport, but sometimes also for food – in this part of the world.
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